Showing posts with label camera. Show all posts
Showing posts with label camera. Show all posts

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Canon Announces Three New Cameras And None Of Them Shoot 4K Video

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Canon has never failed to surprise its loyal customers, and has recently launched three new cameras. It will be up for sale in April, mirrorless camera M6, prosumer focused 77D, and entry level rebel T7i. While, all the three new cameras are capable, they are missing an important feature that videographers have been eagerly waiting for, the ability to shoot 4K. Though, not everyone needs a 4K camera, its use have become increasingly popular in the video world. 4K video cameras help budding videographers to capture professional grade videos and this missing feature has definitely failed to impress a few Canon fans.

Sorry! No 4K resolution 

4K resolution helps videographers to future proof the video projects, and this is quite helpful as most of the mobiles or even monitors have near 4K resolution screens. It is more of a creative tool, as videos with 1080p as it can be later used to pan, zoom, or use different crops in post production. If you are a budding or professional videographer and want a Canon gadget to fulfil your need of A grade videos you should consider buying their cinema cameras. Other options include EOS IDX Mark II, EOS ID C, and EOS 5D Mark IV.

Additional features available 

Well, in the first place it was Canon that let charge into DSLR videography, and thus the absence of 4K in these new cameras by Canon is quite conspicuous. 5D Mark II which was launched by Canon back in 2008 was not the first DSLR to be launched but it’s HD video made it much more popular than the cameras offered by Nikon, and it certainly sparked a resolution. Now, if 4K is not your first priority then this launch by Canon has a lot to offer. Canon’s mirrorless cameras and DSLR’s were kept focused on stills, but these new models especially T7i and M6 have extended those capabilities. All the three new cameras feature NFC, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and most certainly make the process of shooting still and moving pictures easier.
T7i is all set to impress shooters

Canon’s T7i has proven to be a big leap for the company when compared to T6s and T6i. T7i is the company’s first rebel camera to feature dual pixel auto focusing system and DIGIC 7, latest image processor. This latest and improved system offers the camera an ability to zoom and focus within 0.03 seconds. According to latest reports this function is accomplished by the new 45 cross type auto focus point. Not only this, the camera also features a massive 3 inch LCD display. The screen will also be the home to the most interesting feature of this launch, the enhanced graphical menu system.

This menu system will prove to be a boon for new photographers, as it educates about the basics of photography. A camera which teaches photography? Isn’t that rare? Yes, it is, and seasoned photographers can very easily turn off the menu system. The menu will also showcase various points on photographic fundamentals like blurring the background, using aperture priority mode and so on.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Sony Launches Cyber Shot HX350 Camera with 50x Zoom

Cyber Shot HX350
Are you fond of capturing every precious moment in photos? Do you love freezing a moment not only in your memory but also in a picture? Are you finding a way which will help enhance your photography experience? Well, if the answer is ‘yes’, you can easily improve your imaging experience with Sony’s latest gadget, Cyber Shot HX350 camera. Sony launched its latest gadget on Monday and the camera is priced at an affordable rate of EUR 449. What’s special about this camera? Cyber Shot features 50X zoom, high resolution Exmor R CMOS sensor, 20.4 MP, and BIONZ X processor.
Several new and advanced features of HX350

This latest launch by Sony is sure to please every avid photographer by helping them take their imaging experience a notch higher. This Japanese tech gadget company never fails to surprise its fans, and this latest high tech camera is one fine example of the fact. The BIONZ X is a latest imaging processor and offers top notch results in terms of accurate and effective image processing. Another interesting feature of HX350 is its Clear Image Zoom which brings animals, people, and buildings at a jaw dropping close range. The Optical Steady Shot feature prevents the irritable camera shakes and handheld wobbles and helps click crisp and clear still images. Its HD recording feature will help record the finest quality record and is sure to please every photography fanatic out there.

Best features of HX350

A spokesman from the company stated that its high contrast electronic viewfinder is as precise as that of a DSLR and can be switched to manually tiltable 921 k dot resolution LCD. The successor of Cyber Shot HX300 was officially launched in the previous month but is available in electronic stores and online retail stores from Monday. The camera has already been officially launched in Europe and is available to them at a rate of EUR 449. According to latest coverage, not much difference is there is the successor though there are a few advancements. The ISO range is ISO 80-3200 and can be expanded to 12800. The camera has a multi frame NR mode, and the focal length is 1200 mm at telephoto end and 24 mm at wide end. These advanced features helps achieve 50X optical zoom which is ideal for avid photographers who like shooting wildlife and distant objects.
Ignore the few glitches 

This latest Sony launch features several convenient options like custom buttons for quick settings adjustment, easy accessible mode dial, and manual dial for focus and zoom adjustments. The camera can record videos at 60fps and is also capable of burst shooting at 10 fps. Though this is a top notch device it has a few glitches, there’s sadly no NFC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth feature. The camera also doesn’t feature a headphone or microphone socket. However, in spite of these few drawbacks every loyal Sony fan can expect superior gadget performance and ehnaced photography experience with this latest camera. The best feature of this phone is most definitely the Inbuilt Intelligent Active Mode, which helps record blur free HD videos.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Hasselblad Introduces Amazing Digital Camera

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X1D – A Compact 50-Megapixel Medium Format Camera


Hasselblad, in the midst of mobile cameras together with selfie-infatuated unprofessional, has been making a proposition to customers with a new type of camera. However it is not meant for self-portraits and would be quite expensive. The Swedish-based luxury camera manufacturer, had recently introduced the X1D, a compact 50-megapixel medium format camera to the world which advertised as a `game changer’ in photography.

Latest addition is the wireless enabled lighter than the company’s standard issue to the Hasselblad’s fleet is provided with GPS and high-definition video capabilities. It also comes at a price of $9,000, a price that Hasselblad states are acceptable by the mirrorless technology of XID, something without the model in a digital medium format device.

Comparing with Hasselblad’s other luxe models, the H5D type is priced at $45,000, a surprising sum for consumers accustomed to spending out only hundreds of dollars on a Nikon or Canon, the price tag of X1D is fairly reasonable, according to Hasselblad America’s president, Michael Hejtmanek, as informed to CNBC in New York, this week. On the side-line of an event, Hasselblad had portrayed to the reporters, a pre-production model of the X1D, which Hejtmanek had called it as an `amazing camera’ whose functionality conceals the relative convenience and ease of the universal smartphone camera.

An Act of Boldness Against Bleak Financial Side


The expensive X1D could be considered as an act of boldness against the bleak financial side of the camera business. It was an impudent attempt to generate interest in high end cameras by the 75-year old company, during which, the market seemed to be under severe burden from smartphone cameras. Main camera manufacturers like Canon, Nikon and Sony, reported decline in camera sales, reflecting a multiyear fall in worldwide shipments which began moderating only last year, according to the Camera & Imaging Products Association.

CIPA data portrayed that camera sales had leapt by nearly 20%, in 2015 from the year prior to 35.4 million sales, down from 2010 peak of 121.5 million and corresponding with the boom in smartphones. In the meanwhile, global smartphones sales had climbed over 14% last year to over 1.4 billion units, as per figures from research firm Gartner.

Real Camera for Photography Enthusiasts


Hejtmanek had accepted that smartphone had been turning the overall population into unprofessional shutterbugs but had restrained the effect on high-end manufacturers like Hasselblad. He informed CNBC in New York this week that `this is a real camera for photography enthusiasts, so while you can with a camera phone shoot some great pictures, there are a lot of limitation to that. You have a sensor in the X1D that is many times larger than a camera phone. The difference is staggering’.

Most of the digital single lens camera possibly the most affordable as well as popular ones in the market, tend to cost only several hundred dollars, but they seem to pale in price comparison to the X1D.Hejtmanek commented that for someone who would have purchased a high-end DSLR, this camera is a big step up in technology though only a small step in price. It’s much more a camera for the dollar. The X1D is said to be available in stores in August.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Review: Nikon D500

Nikon D500

The Nikon D500 – Autofocus System


The Nikon D500, a 21MP APS-C DSLR has the potential of shooting at around 10 frames per second and comprises of an autofocus system which comes from the one in the D5. It means that it is precisely the type of high end DX setup body which seems to become wiped out with the D300S.

Since the launch of the D300S of six and a half years, the camera market has progressed considerably though the D500 seems to have reclaimed the position as one of the distinguished APS-C camera in the market.

Much of the enhanced proficiency of the camera focuses around sports and high speed shooting together with substantial renovations to the shooting rate as well as autofocus system. However, there are some main advancement to the viewfinder, video skills and the connectivity choices that seem to extend its utility further than one particular niche. The following are the key features:

  • 20.7 MP APS-C – DX format sensor 
  • 153 point AF module with 99 cross type points 
  • AF point joystick • 180,000 pixel RGB sensor for metering and subject recognition 
  • 10 fps shooting up to 200 shots 
  • 4K (UHD) video from 1.5x crop of sensor • 100% coverage viewfinder with 1.0x magnification 
  • 2.36M-dot tilting touchscreen display 
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity with NFC for setup 
  • Mic and headphone sockets 
  • USB 3.0 connector 
  • For working under artificial lighting, an anti-flicker option

Capability of Focusing & Shooting Quickly


Most of the competency of D500 is built on the capability of focusing and shooting very quickly and its 153 point AF module provides a near full width coverage which is connected to a 180,000 pixel RGB metering sensor to enhance further its AF tracking skills.

The AF system of D500 like the D5 now provides two parameters for fine tuning the autofocus tracking performance, enabling the user to identifythe kind of subject movement as well as the precise response to another object obstructing the targeted subject.

The D500 has a 3.2 inch 2,359,000 dot screen which is touch sensitive. Prevailing Nikon enables you to only specify duration, directing Nikon is attempting to extend the range of shooting condition for which the AF system could be improved.

Existence of SnapBridge Technology


Another feature which differentiates the D500 from the D5 is the existence of the SnapBridge technology of Nikon that enables the camera to always remain connected to a smart device, over a low-power Bluetooth connection or through Wi-Fi.

This could mean that after the main connection has been done, images can be transmitted automatically to the phone whenever it is shot and they can be ready to be shared through the internet when you tend to pick up your phone.

 As suitable as a camera, it is intended for professionals and serious supporters, wherein the D500 tends to have two card slots, one which accepts SD type media and the other is for the faster XQD cards. Though they have been around for a long time, the XQD cards are not conventional yet with most of the cameras only accepting SD-type media but this could be changed.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Canon's Macro Lens has a Built in Ring Flash

Canon

First Macro Lens for EOS M Camera System


The first macro lens for the EOS M camera system, the EF-M 28, f/3.5 Macro IS STM, had been announced by Canon. There are two amazing things regarding Canon’s new EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens.
  • It is an EF-M lens for the EOS M mirror less system and Canon has totally neglected EOS M, releasing only five lens when the system had been launched almost four years back, four slow zooms as well as a 22mm f/2 prime. The macro lens of 28mm is said to be the sixth though it has a trick up its sleeve which is not found anywhere in the extensive DSLR lens line-up of Canon. 
  • It essentially has a pretty innovative design. Several of the macro photographers tend to opt for the relatively long focal lengths, in order not to disturb their subject. For stationary objects also, wider macro lenses seem to cast a shadow since one has to get too close. The EF-M 28mm though tends to get around that with a built-in mini ring flash which features two user-controllable `Macro Lites’. One could utilise both or one at a time and adjust the intensity of the lighting. Canon also mentioned that the lens’ tapered shape whenever extended tends to help to avoid shadows.

Eliminates Shadow/Darkness


The tiny MacroLite electronic flash units tend to curve around the front component of the lens, giving the effect of a ring flash, which helps in eliminating shadow and darkness from subjects. Users could also adjust the brightness and opt whether both units are illuminated together or individually.

The new lens is also said to be the first autofocus lens for exchangeable lens cameras which has the potential of focusing from infinity to life-size – 1x, in usual shooting and 1.2x enlargement in Super Macro mode. The other features comprise of the same Hybrid IS system that is found on the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens to lessen camera shake, a lead screw type STM stepping motor for the purpose of smooth as well as quiet focusing operation while taking videos and an angle of view just like a 45mm standard lens. This enables users to capture videos in near-silence.

Lightweight – 130 g/ Outdoor Trips


The EOS M cameras are lightweight, weighing just 130 g and easy to take it along on outdoor trips. Canon states that the biggest breakthrough of the EOS M is in Canon’s ability to contain an EOS System in a compact body with full compatibility with new and existing EF and EF-S lenses, (with adapters). EOS M is by far the most accessible EOS camera offering the same level of photographic brilliance of a DSLR.

Canon has informed that the new EF-M would be available in June this year from authorized vendors at a price of $299.99. Besides this Canon has also announced the Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash, which is compatible with the majority of EOS cameras. On using the standard AA batteries it tends to increase continuous flash rate by around 1.1 to 1.5 times and up to two times on using the latest Compact Battery Pack CP-E4N.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Flexible Camera Could Change the way We Take Photos

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Silicone – A New Type of Camera Lens, Wrapped Around Things


Cameras are amazing but have not changed much for the last 100 years and one is still limited to shooting whatever is before you. However a piece of silicone is a new type of camera lens which can be wrapped around things, totally extending its point of view. This camera technology does not seem to be a pocket size or pretty as smartphones manufactured by Apple or Samsung but the A4 sized sheet of silicone that computer scientists from the Columbia University School of Engineering will be presenting at the International Conference on Computational Photography in May.

This would turn the world of photography upside down. The silicone is said to be a flexible layer which is protected with optical lenses that detect light and combine to portray an image of the environment. On attaching them to a silicone sheet, the lens array tends to become flexible, overcoming a main difficulty. Gaps seem to appear between the signals from the lens with the image being blurred, if they do not change their focal lengths when the sheet is bent. The silicone sheet tends to enable specially adapted lenses to alter their focal lengths automatically when the sheet is bent which means that the image is capable of staying in focus.

Cameras to Be More Attractive


The team intends making the camera more attractive, producing them like rolls of plastic or like the shape of credit cards which can be utilised to wrap around things in daily life, like lamppost or cars in order to get a 360 degree view of the environment. Project leader Shree K. Nayer states that present day cameras tend to capture the world from a single point in space.

While the camera industry had made remarkable progress in shrinking the camera to a tiny device with increasing image quality, it has been exploring a radically different approach to imaging. It is believed that there are various applications for cameras which are large in format but very thin and highly flexible. Dr Shree Nayar, director of Columbia University’s Computer Vision Lab, tends to study the science related to photography and wondered one day that it would be nice if there were cameras that could be wrapped around things. This led his team to go and make one.

Camera Lens – Vaguely Like Flexible Solar Tile


Researchers at the lab comprising of research engineer Daniel Sims as well as postdoctoral researcher Yonghao Yue had explored this question with their Flexible Sheet Camera study. The team had made a flexible lens array which could be wrapped around the daily object and capture unique images, mounting in way that was not possible earlier. Nayar, one of the study leaders had placed the project in the view of the present limitations. The camera lens seems vaguely like a flexible solar tile and when bent, it tends to capture an image which may appear changed though is still a high quality full picture.

Silicone was used by the team for the prototype sheet camera which enable the focal length of each lens differ with the curvature of the sheet, which means that there is no missing information as the lens bends. The main issue was in the material. Nayar had informed DT that if one chooses the right material and the right shape, the material itself bends in a way which you need and that gives it the right optical properties without adding any additional engineering. The silicone lens was the outcome of much testing and research.


Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Revolutionary 'Flat' Camera Could Make Your Next Phone As Thin As a Credit Card

Camera

FlatCam – Miniature Camera – Sensor Chip with Grid Coded Mask


According to Rice News, a miniature camera developed out of the Rice University labs comprises of a sensor chip with grid like coded mask that enables various channels of light to reach the sensor. FlatCam is said to be similar to a microchip, which utilises computer algorithms to process whatever is detected by the sensor after which it tends to transfigure the measurements into videos and images.

An assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice, Veeraraghavan has commented that `as traditional cameras get smaller, their sensors also tend to get smaller and this means that they collect very little light. The low light performance of a camera is tied to the surface space of the sensor.

 However since all the designs of the cameras are generally cubes, surface space is tied to thickness. The design decouples the two parameters, offering the ability to use the enhanced light-collision potential of large sensors with a really thin device’.

The FlatCam could ultimately be turned into wearable, foldable as well as disposable cameras. However, the team state that photographers would be more likely to stay with lens-based systems.

Several Possibilities – Moving from Cube Design to a Surface


Developers state that the camera would be a necessary step in other applications. Baraniuk the Victor E. Cameron Professor of electrical and Computer engineering states that moving from a cube design to a surface without forgoing performance, gives rise to several possibilities.

 He added that they can make curved cameras, or wallpaper which is actually a camera and one can have a camera on credit card or a camera in an ultrathin tablet computer.The model tends to produce 512-by-512 images, a resolution which the researchers are expecting to increase as it tends to progress.

The models do not seem to have viewfinders, however if necessary, researchers state that a cell phone screen could someday do the job. Rice alumnus and assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, co-author Aswin Sankaranarayanan states that smart phone have already featured powerful computers and hence we can imagine computing at least a low resolution preview in real time.

Heritage Shared with Lens-less Pinhole Camera


FlatCam tends to share its heritage with lens-less pinhole camera though instead of a single hole it has a grid-like coded mask placed close to the sensor. Each aperture enables a slightly different set of light data to extentto the sensor. Raw data sent to the back end process, presently a desktop, is organized into an image and just as larger light field cameras; the picture tends to get focused to different depths after the collection of the data.

The lead author of the paper is Rice postdoctoral researcher, Rice graduate Salman Asif together with co-author Ali Ayremlou. Rice alumnus Sankaranarayan is now an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University while Baraniuk is the Victor E, Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice is Veeraraghavan.

The research team would be delivering a talk with regards to its work at the Extreme Imaging Workshop on December 17 in Santiago, Chile and published paper is also made available through ArXiv, an online service

Friday, 16 October 2015

Light Introduces Multi-Aperture Computational Camera

L16

L16 Launch by Light – Interesting Camera to Test & Shoot


Light was established to make attractive photography more accessible than before and presently the first step towards this goal has been brought about, by the launch of the Light 16 Camera. This being the first product launch for Light and as start-up founder will tell that the experience is similar to that of a first born, a nerve wrecking experience.

 The latest version in camera, L16 is a small camera which permits professional quality photos. Lori Grunin who covers digital imaging for sources has revealed on Light. According to her, it seems to be one of the most interesting cameras to test and shoot.

 It is the first multi-aperture computational camera which takes quality images and is small as well as light to be carried around. The company has advertised that the camera delivers the highest quality from the smallest possible device. It is considered like having a camera body, zoom and three fast prime lenses inside your pocket. Dave Grannan, Light CEO had mentioned in MIT Technology Review that he does not think that on day one consumers would drop their DSLR to buy one of these, though they think that here is a huge population of users who would appreciate the size, cost as well as the weight reduction.

First Multi Aperture Computational Camera


Light, the company behind the L16, is the first multi aperture computational camera which has a technology using a blend of folded optics with computational imaging algorithms. Light has informed that `with 16 individual cameras, ten have been firing simultaneously; the L16 tends to capture details of the shot at multiple fixed focal lengths.

The images are computationally fused to create a final image with about 52 megapixel resolution. The term `folded optics’ has been explained by Rachel Metz in MIT Technology Review that each camera module is placed on its side and light tends to come in through an aperture, hitting a mirror and then travelling down the barrel of the lens to an image sensor.

Since the camera modules have different focal lengths, various ones will fire at once based on how close one would want to zoom in, on a subject and how the mirrors within the modules move to grab light’. The focus and depth of field can be adjusted even after the shot is taken.

The L16 would be having three different focal lengths, five 35 millimeter ones, five 70 millimeter ones and six 150 millimetre ones and each of the modules of the camera would have a 13 megapixel image sensor.

Comes with Wi-Fi Built-in


Pre-orders are being taken by the company which is $1299 till November 6. Thereafter it would be going up to $1699. The camera is said to be shipped by late summer of 2016.

The L16 is also said to be dust and water resistant. It has been mentioned by Rob Triggs in Android Authority about some other features regarding the L16 which tends to be appealing both to nonprofessional as well as professional photographers.

The L16 comes with Wi-Fi built-in where photographers could share their images straight from the camera or instantly transfer them over the air to a PC. As per MIT Technology Review, Light is said to be working on the L16 since 2013 and since then has had a deal with Foxconn in bringing the device to smartphones, which is expected somewhere next year.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Battery-Free Video Cam Grabs Picture and Power—from Same Light


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The researchers at the Columbia University have created a futuristic and quite unbelievable self sufficient camera. A simple video was shown first by the researchers wherein a person was seen changing his facial expression each time, he moves his head either upside and down followed by side to side movement. This video appeared to shot centuries ago but the concept and design is relatively new and refreshing in every essence.

The video here is not in the question but the device with which this video is recorded is turning heads. This particular camera has used a cutting edge, futuristic technology which uses light both as source of creating video and harnessing power for the device. This can certainly bring in a new age of battery less camera, which will keep recording videos as long as there is light.

How this concept works? 

The researcher states that they had combined the two different concepts in the mechanism of this camera. One concept center around the camera’s image senor capability of collecting and measuring light along with another concept which uses the photovoltaic cells to convert some of the captured by camera into harnessing energy for the device. It is still an earlier stage of development wherein the researchers at Columbia University were able to develop a self-sufficient camera.

How this new camera works? 

This new self-sufficient camera works directly on the lines of the concept put forward by the researchers. This camera during each of the image capture cycle first works towards records the lights into pixels for producing images, later on it harvest energy and in return works towards charging the sensor’s sensor supply. It is a brilliantly devised concept, which helps in killing two birds with one stone. Capturing of images and powering of the device is done simultaneously in this process.

Future prospects of this self-sufficient camera? 

As said earlier this camera happens to be in crude development stage but it shows a greater promise for wide applications in future. It can easily become a critical part of the networks, prominent feature in consumer electronics along with wearable gadget and other Internet of Things devices. The creator of this camera Shree Naya, Columbia computer science professor, was upbeat about this self-powered camera. He states that very soon companies will be willing put this kind of powerful camera device in their products, which can return high quality images at minimal energy requirements.

This research will be presented as a team’s research at the upcoming IEEE International Conference on Computational Photography in Houston. This self-powered camera not only will provide high quality images but it can keep working tireless to almost forever, as it is self sufficient in harvesting energy. It can see a mainstay use in the popular consumer electronics like smartphone, tablets and other devices. In the security industry, it can work like a charm for providing unlimited supply of surveillance without the need of any external power source.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Canon 250-Megapixel Sensor can Read the Side of a Plane from 11 Miles Away

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Canon’s 250 Megapixel APS-H CMOS Sensor


Everything tends to get under surveillance more than ever now as drones tend to get cheaper and the cameras far more advanced. Canon has now come up with a 250 megapixel APS-H CMOS sensor which could be used in a DSLR.

It is an APS-H size sensor which is about 80% of the length and width of full frame sensor. It seems to be a bit larger than the popular APS-C setup. This has the capabilities of distinguishing letters on the side of flying airplane at a distance of 12 miles. This sensor could be utilised in spy cameras sometimes in the near future.

The Japanese giant camera claims that the 19,580 x 12,600 pixel sensor has set a world record in its size for resolution. This means that each pixel is around 1.5 microns, almost similar as an iPhone 6. One can imagine what the new sensor as an array of 30 perfectly aligned and high speed smartphone sensors could do. The CMOS sensors tend to increase pixel counts.

The consequence can increase signal volume which could result in problems as signal delays.However the APS-H tends to have a fast signal readout speed of around 1.25 billion a second. It is said to produce crisp images.

Videos Can be Cropped & Magnified


Besides taking photos from far-fetched distance, the sensor portrays its high speed by being capable of writing out over 1 billion pixels per second, permitting to capture 250MP video at 5fpsThe footage is shot sharper at 30 times than 4K or 125 times that of a Full HD video.

The videos could also be cropped and magnified without the need of losing image resolution and clarity.Canon has informed that the sensor could be utilised one day in specialised surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high resolution measuring instruments as well as other industrial equipment.

This would mean that when spies may get their hands on technology, it would not appear in a standard DSLR camera in the years to come. As Cannon is looking forward in marketing its new sensor to specific audiences comprising of surveillance, industrial equipment and much more, it could be helpful to make way for practical light-field camera as well.

Future of Imaging


However the big issue with light-field products like the ones from Lytro is the amount of resolution they give up to gain their ability in capturing dimensionality and change focus in post-production. Ren Ng, the founder of Lytro had made it transparent that the company had been built on the premise which sensor resolution would tend to continue on improvement, making the compromise more reasonable.

Based on how much of the light-field that a camera may be designed to capture, it could lessen the native sensor resolution from about 10% to 90%. With a native resolution of 250MP, even a 90% resolution would probably produce a respectable 25MP image.

As Canon continues to make headway with its recent announcement of ultra-high definition megapixel sensors, there seems to be some interesting ideas for the future of imaging. Application for ultra-high definition sensor tend to differ, however, they would be utilised in government surveillance, astrophotography or space exploration and geological surveillance.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Seek Thermal:Thermal Imaging camera Gives Your Smartphone Night Vision

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Seek Thermal: Thermal Image Enables to see in the Dark


Thermal imaging enables one to see in the dark and even through walls in a ways which would be impossible for the naked eye. The thermal imaging technology functions by observing and differentiating between the infrared radiations emitted from various object.

There could be various reasons for using a thermal imaging camera which could range from tasks around the home to instances of searches and rescues. In the daily functions, it could be utilised in tracing water damage within ceilings and wall, as well as identifying the source, in discovering energy efficiencies in sealing around windows and doors or even in locating clogs within pipes.

It could also prove to be helpful to hunters, sailors or campers. A new form of infrared cameras which can clip straight into the smartphone has brought about this change. The camera – the Seek Thermal had been out for a while in the US but is now available in the UK and several other European countries for $250 which is a bit high but its versatility makes up for it.

The Seeks tends to plug into the power socket of the phone and is unusually modest. Though the model tends to be small, it seems tough enough and is covered with a protective waterproof case.

A Small Camera Attached to Smartphone – Thermal Imaging


Seek Thermal provides the thermal technology which was earlier only available to the military and other professionals. It is a small camera attached to the smartphone to provide thermal image of things around, portraying a temperature snapshot of the surrounding setting.

There are various usages for Seek and for DIY and home repair individuals, the camera could be utilised in helping to resolve issues in the pipes or to identify where heat tends to escape around windows or doors and much more.

Besides these, Seek is also useful for home security, to check for unwanted animals or humans prowling around the place especially at night. Fire up the app and one will get a live thermal image on the smartphone screen where the detection range is -40 degrees C to 330 degrees C and has a 20 degree to 36 degree field of vision.

It has the potentials of identifying heat sources as far as 2,000 feet away or as close as 8 inches. The Seek does not seem to have its own battery but instead depends on the power from the phone.

The advantage of it is that there are no additional wires needed and the need to recharge between uses does not arise. The downside is that the phone battery probably will make a huge hit when it is in use.

Thermal Camera/Thermal Xtra Range


The Seek Thermal system comprises of a camera attachment for the Android of iOS device with an app which portrays whatever the camera tends to capture.Seek sells two smartphone cameras attachments, the Thermal camera and the Thermal Xtra Range – XR, both of which are available for iOS or Android devices.

Difference between the two is that the XR can view objects twice as far as the original camera with the same clarityand has a manual focus feature. In case of iPhone, one would require a Lightning connector and iOS 7 or 8 and for Android, the need to run Jelly Bean 4.3.1 or later.

 Once the Seek Thermal app has been installed, using the camera is very simple as plugging it into the phone. The app then will launch automatically and in case of Android, one may need to authorise it to connect with the camera. The setup seems easy and takes only a few seconds when one intends using the Seek

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Welcome the Next Generation of Narratives Wearable Camera


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The first generation of the Narrative’s life logging camera has made its debut nearly a year back and it is almost time that the company should think about unveiling a sequel to this device. At CES, people could finally see as what the company has been working on till now and do not jump to the conclusion that nothing additional has been added to the sequel. You will be very wrong. As if now the company has given the name to the device as narrative Clip 2 and has even added a bulk of changes to the device.

The CEO, Martin Källström has given a very clear indication that the Swedish outfit has taken a completely new approach with their second-generation wearable camera and supported the fact that there is no need to fix a device until it is broken. Unlike other companies, the company did not look into developing something new but instead they focused on the some of the major issues encountered with the original device.

Three biggest issues fixed: 

Narrative Clip- The customers were facing issues with that was given to attach the device or the unit to the clothes. The company has now replaced this clip with a flexible mount, which can not only accommodate tripods but lapel pins as well.

Image quality- The unit was initially released with a 5-megapixel sensor but the company has now replaced this with 8-megapixel senor with 90-degree unit that will be offering much better low light performance compared to the previous version.

Sync Images- The initial device was dependent on the USB for syncing data but the company has added Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to enable the users to be able to sync the images with their phones or even through online services offered by the company. Bluetooth can be used for connecting with iOS apps and Android apps. So, now the users will be able to manage and see their photos on their phones.

According to the company, the initial Narrative was more about clicking pictures and making is a part of someone’s private journal, but the latest Narrative will make it much more social with their addition of the social layer. The Narrative Clip 2 is expected to be available in the market in 2015 and people can either have a black, white, or red one as their options.

The device is currently priced at $199. If the users are finding this a bit heavy on the pocket, then the company is still keeping their original narrative available and they are bringing down the price to $149. In United Kingdom the unit will available at £100 and in Australia it will be available at AU$245. At the moment the company is not sure about the existing stocks but they have promised that they will keep on manufacturing the previous version as long as they are receiving demands from the customers.

This device is the perfect companion for the people who are addicted to photography. This clip on camera will be automatically snapping pictures every 30 seconds and each of these photos will be stamped by GPS.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

RE- a New Type of Camera from HTC


RE-Camera from HTC
It is not surprising if HTC is to be considered as a camera company. After the successful launching of One M8 and then Desire 816 phones that are regarded by many users as the most excellent Smartphone cameras, this company has now declared a small sized handheld camera named as the RE that contains a 16MP CMOS sensor as well as a latest HTC Desire EYE Smartphone with about 13MP front and back cameras.

The RE is, in fact, new product type for HTC with a little camera looking like smoking pipe. It has the capability to capture Full HD videos (1080p) with somewhat slow motion. This camera will possess146 degree of wide-angle lens and can be compared with the GoPro Hero 4 that has recently gain popularity in the market. The camera has also a distant viewfinder app in order thatthe user can manage it from a smart mechanism.

The design of the whole device-

The RE- a small, light weight device, has the size of 96.7 x 26.5mm and the weight of 65.5 grams. It makes it easy to firmly manage it one-handed. It is so small that the user can put it within his pocket or wallet and can take photographs or video footage at any moment whenever he wishes. Practically, the camera will be completely perfect for many types of situations. It takes images of 16MP, video of 1080p/30fps, and also time-lapse recording etc.

There are just two buttons on the device. There is one shutter button on the outer part that you press one time to take a photo and long-press for some seconds to record videotape, and the slow-motion capture toggle, which you have to press to activate before beginning the video. In case of power button it should be mentioned that HTC desires the camera to be always-on, and therefore, always prepared and waiting for you to utilize it. Sensors implanted inside the RE can inform when you grip it, so theoretically it should not take pictures while it is buried bottomless inside your pants.

You will also get a mic on top, in addition to an LED pointer and speaker under the slow-mo button. The microSD slot is placed on the bottom beneath a watertight label; the RE has an 8GB card that is preinstalled; however,you can replace it with any card with maximum 128GB. There is moreover a micro-USB charging and a quarter inch support built for a wide range of accessories.In the matter of connections, this product- RE utilizes Bluetooth LE to originally pair with your headset, but the remaining part of the process is assisted by Wi-Fi Direct -- transporting files, the distant shutter and the whole thing.

Facilities for launching the camera-

HTC selects RE for a number of motives: Primarily, through this Camera and other products, the company desires to dissociate the device so it is not linked with HTC phones, particularly since the app will be cross-platform.This company also thinks that the RE name is related with a few of the camera's qualities.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Nikon’s New DSLR D750 Camera


Nikon DSLR D750
Nikon has unveiled its new 24.3 megapixel full-frame digital SLR camera.

Nikon’s D750 is a new one in the line of lightweight, compact and slim Nikon FX-format body which offers the full-scale specifications required for high quality image.

Nikon’s D750 offers almost all the features that a low and high Nokia DSLRs generally provide. The camera contains the newly advanced 24.3 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor which is powered by an EXPEED 4 image processor; as in D4S and D810—high range products of Nikon. ISO (controls the sensitivity of light, of a particular camera or film) ranges from 100 – 12,800 which is expandable up to 50 – 51,200.

Main Specifications: 

  • Shutter speed range of 30-1/4000s.
  • Continuous shooting speed of 6.5 shots/second.
  • 51-point autofocus system.
  • Advanced Scene Recognition System.
  • A variety of movies-recording functions.
  • Highlight-weighted metering.
  • An optical viewfinder with approximately 100% frame coverage.
  • High level of dust and water resistance.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi.
Nikon’s D750 is the first DSLR by Nikon which has the ability to lock the subjects as small as–3 EV illumination, which allows to autofocus accurately and quickly in dark surroundings.

The camera is provided with high density 51-point AF (Auto Focus) system which enhances the performance of focus detection even at really low light situations. For fast phase detection there are 15 cross type sensors arranged both horizontally and vertically. The combination of AF capacity in low light and high ISO performance has enhanced the freedom of shooting. Nokia has provided the same new group-area AF mode as in D810 and D4S in addition to dynamic-area AF, single-point AF,
auto-area AF modes and 3D tracking.

The photographers can quickly adjust how pictures are captured and exposed using the couple of features provided. The Highlight Weighted Metering feature helps the users to take quality pictures in bright lights (such as public events and stage performances).

Coming to the video recording functions of the camera—it offers the same quality and functions as that of professional D810. Full HD 1920 x 1080 video can be recorded at 60p, 30p, and 24p. All manual controls including shutter speed/ISO adjustments and aperture adjustments are also available. A tilting LCD screen is provided on the backside of the camera.

This is for the first time that the Nikon FX camera has included WI-Fi as one the features. User can connect their Digital SLR to their tablet or phone through which they can control their camera or manage the photos.

In addition to these features the camera includes a pop-up flash, dual SD memory card slots, a shutter lifetime of 150,000 shots, 100% viewfinder coverage, headphone/microphone jacks, simultaneous HDMI output, built-in intervalometer, and Zebra stripes for spotting the overexposed surface.

This interesting and amazing camera will be made available in the month of September 2014 with a market price of $2300. Nikkor 24-120 mm f/4 VR lens will also be made additionally available in the Nikon’s D750 kit by the starting of mid October.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

The SLT-A58 from Sony is the Best DSLR for an Experimentalist Photographer


Sony SLT A58
Sony has always done justice to its reputation for innovation. It has excelled in each and every field that it had laid hands on. Sony had a reputation in the market for handy-cams and in no time, we found it mosey the market of Digital Cameras. Before the other brands have sensed the competition, Sony has made its strike. Sony started producing the best one can hope for in the world of Digital cameras and DSLRs. They have extended the boundaries of affordable DSLRs. They can pack up the best combination of features in one chassis and tag the package with quite an affordable price.

Enough of Technology Inside one Chassis

The looks and design of the Sony A58 is no different from that on any other DSLR, but the features incorporated in this new output from Sony, are far more supporting and especially the optical viewfinder is not what one expects at such a price. This new DSLR from the esteemed house of electronic manufacturer Sony is tagged at Rs.45,990.As this camera falls under the category of an entry level camera, the features offered is far more than what other brands offer for a camera of this sort. The control features installed for this camera goes at par with other competitive brans like Canon and Nikon.

What Makes it Perfect with all the Necessary Features at this Range? 

This camera is different from other models of the same range on other technological factors. It is different from Nikon and Canon regarding the eye sensor feature in the viewfinder. This deficiency of an eye sensor forces its users to switch modes manually. This often causes professionals to divert their concentration while changing the modes, which is quite hectic in the middle of a professional shoot.

Now coming to its zooming features and stats, in a DSLR no one expects a Digital zoom as we can get the best zooming manually and that is exactly, what DSLRs are meant for. But the A58 got a zooming that makes it quite different from the other cameras of this category. If you want to judge the minute features from afar, this digital zoom can be of some use. This helps in better quality of picture composition and fastens the roots of photography and clarity. The zooming control is also useful for navigating through the previews and to zoom into the pictures you preview on the LCD.

The SLT-A58 is Perfect for the Hands of a First Timer

When you are dedicated to photography and prefer carrying your DSLR wherever you move, the weight is a factor. The camera is light enough and the amount of weight that this DSLR has, is just what is needed for a steady shot. This is the best camera for a first timer as it balances the complex and simple features to give its users a sufficient guide to perfect Focusing and quality captures. All you need to do to accommodate with this new DSLR is to understand the OLED viewfinder.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Sony Releases Sony RX1 With Black and White Sensor

 Sony RX1
Already in January 2014 there was a huge rumor that Sony has acquired a novel technology with a small image sensor in 35 mm format to take crystal clear images in black and white photography.

Again new rumors surfaced that Sony is trying to push new camera system equipped with such kind of sensor in to the market.

According to the rumors surfaced the camera will be in your hands in the end of 2014 else in the early months of 2015. The sensor could have more that 24 pixels resolutions hence it can achieve more significantly sharper images hence it will be more sharper then the color images we guess.

Apart from the details the website didn’t furnish any details. The omission of the color filter actually helps the sensor to work with gray scale sensor so that the light fall on it will not me hindered by any filters and hence the overall sharpness will increase.

 And this could increase the overall result with higher light sensitivity and better sharpness. The idea and its realization is not new and Leica has the M Monochrome since mid-2012 a system camera with such a sensor in the program.

The Leica M Monochrome costs 6,800 Euros without a lens and a resolution of 18 megapixels. Before the sensor is located an infrared filter for filtering the non-visible spectrum above 700 nm is used, but it is a no low-pass filter and some features like an auto focus missing there in Leica.

There are so many other models and brands are available for example Red Epic-M Monochrome is loaded with 14 mega pixels resolution which costs around 25,000$

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Olympus OM-D E-M10 New Compact Camera

Olympus OM-D E-M10
The acclaimed Olympus E -M1, converted into a camera market benchmark now has a little sister Olympus OM- D E -M10. This is the new E -M10, which endorses many of the benefits and more compact in size with a price that approaches the public. Here are the two features of a camera capable of condensing quality and the design which is easy to use.

This is the camera; everyone will want to carry around. Despite its modest price and size, the E -M10 meets the high expectations that any model of the OM- D family in terms of image quality and ergonomics. Input, can boast of a metal body that gives it strength and ruggedness in a unique camera in its class. In addition to its comfortable grip and extensive configuration options of controls for more advanced users can adjust the operation of the camera to your liking; integrated electronic viewfinder is another one of the key pieces of this E -M10.

With a resolution of more than 1.4 million points and a refresh rate allows you to frame the scenes and assess conditions in difficult light conditions, surpassing other camera in its class in size, the display brightness. But the truth is that it is very common to find similar models equipped with this feature. Thanks to technology adaptation inherited brightness E -M1, played both dark scenes like the brightest as they are perceived by the human eye.

In addition, users of the E -M10 can use the Creative Control system to adjust easily and effective composition, focus, tone and color from display of your own choice and can see the results on the screen, of course, before shooting. The viewfinder and the integrated flash and rugged construction of the camera do not affect its size. In fact, it is combined with the new power zoom M.Zuiko 14-42 mm f3.5 -5.6 EZ, the set size is less than 64 millimeters thick. Less than most SLR bodies are defined as small and compact. The same sensor of 16 megapixel Live MOS, so well which gave its predecessor comes to this camera now reinforced with the help of the new generation TruePic VII processor, the same as the E -M1 uses.

An improvement, as demonstrated by the tests, it is clear when reviewing the results and check that both the level of detail in the images as noise control in the most difficult scenes is not a problem for this model. The new zoom and full range of objectives in this section have a very important role. The renowned quality Olympus optics, compatibility with Four Thirds lenses via an adapter, which opens the door to the wider range of the optical market, and the good work of the engine to deliver a perfect image JPEG with the best possible combination.

The image quality of the E -M10 is also benefited by the three-axis stabilizer for photo and video, which prevents camera shake and blur obtained in any rough situation, even in low light conditions or using exposures of 1/15 seconds or less. The Fast AF focusing system is another key of this E -M10. Thus, the camera uses 81 focus points to ensure coverage throughout the entire scene, with a speedy and accurate performance in all circumstances.

Neither speed burst shooting slump with a spectacular rate of 8 frames per second. Career Paths and classic design combined with next generation features such as integrated Wi- Fi that allows connect the camera directly to a tablet or Smartphone to share images or control the shot remotely. In addition, thanks to the camera QR codes, has never been easier to configure this connection.

Panasonic HX-A500 World’s First 4K Wearable Camera

Panasonic HX-A500

Panasonic HX-A500
The successor to the HX- A100 thus dissociates the GoPro and capable of recording 4K sequences but only at 25 frames per second. Panasonic stick out over a year in the field of action cameras with HX- A100, a curious proposal that stood out in two separate modules is available now, connected by a wire - target and control sensor to operate.

After showing a prototype at last CES in Las Vegas, the company today unveiled the HX -A500, which inherits the unique design of its predecessor and adds to the set to shoot video in 4K resolution. The Panasonic has used the GoPro technology for the last two generations which boast recording in Ultra high definition with 15 frames per second.

But now Panasonic's new camera Panasonic HX- A500, however, can capture 4096 x 2160 pixels at 25 frames per second, making it somewhat in the first action camera capable of recording 4K according to European standards. Panasonic HX- A500 has two modules which control to operate the camera (inside the case to the arm) and the target (mounted on the headband).

Armed with the Crystal Engine Pro + processor, the HX -A500 can also record video stream Full HD at 50 progressive frames per second, as well as sequences of 1280 x 720 pixels at 100 frames and 848 x 480 pixels at 200 frames per second.. Dust resistant and able to dive 3 meters depth and can stay for 30 minutes, the camera also debuts a 1.5-inch monitor and Wi- Fi with NFC technology. The release date and the price are not yet disclosed.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Ricoh announced a successor to the Pentax 645D.


Pentax 645D
Ricoh announced a successor to the Pentax 645D. The new medium format camera came with a CMOS sensor with high resolution include and has a tilting screen . The successor of the Pentax 645D will build a medium format camera with CMOS sensor Ricoh as well as the Hasselblad and Phase One.

So far, medium format cameras were used CCD sensors. The new technology will allow higher ISO values , lower shutter speeds and helps more for continuous shooting. The new camera is probably included with the 50 - megapixel sensor, which also comes with Hasselblad and Phase One. It reaches a light sensitivity of ISO 6400 and measures 44 x 33 mm.

The Pentax 645D, a CCD sensor was used with a resolution of 40 megapixels. The 645D came in early 2010 in Japan and 2011 in Germany on the market. It will cost around 10,000 Euros. The camera body measures 156 x 117 x 119 mm and weighs with battery and two memory cards around 1,480 grams. Still, there is little information on the new Ricoh model.

The Japanese manufacturer revealed only that his new camera to achieve a very high processor speed, and published two pictures of a prototype. The official launch is expected to take place on the Japanese photo exhibition CP +, from 13 to 16 February 2014. Compared to the previous Pentax 645D there is a particularly striking change.

The display of the new camera is foldable, so that recordings can be controlled close to the ground or overhead, and the user need not use the optical viewfinder. Ricoh wants to bring this still nameless camera in spring 2014 on the market. In addition, the manufacturer offers a new lens system with this. The ultra-wide- angle zoom lens should be able to be operated exclusively on this medium-format camera.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Samsung NX30 with double swivel viewfinder


Samsung NX30
Samsung has both the viewfinder and the display made pivoted at the NX30 system camera. This allows a simpler image control in unusual positions. The new Samsung NX30 system camera has a movable 80 degrees up electronic viewfinder and a 3-inch (7.62 cm) display on the back, which is also rotatable and also still swivel.

So the photographer can choose the subject yet with the help of the view finder, if the camera cannot be taken before the face. This not only snapshots, but also facilitates shots above the head or at ground level. The viewfinder has a resolution of 2.36 million pixels. The new autofocus feature of the APS-C camera uses face detection and contrast detection in shots. With a minimal electronic shutter speed of 1/ 8000 seconds and fastest movements can be frozen.

In addition, the camera can record up to 9 frames per second. The sensor picks up to 20.3 megapixels and works in the ISO range of 100-25600. The NX30 also accepts videos with full HD 60p apart from taking photos. Who wants the voices can also record it through an external microphone. Using the HDMI output, the recordings will be viewed without going through a computer directly from your TV or a projector.

The NX30 is equipped with NFC to make the exchange of data via WLAN (2.4 and 5 GHz) with mobile devices easier. Instead of having awkward access codes to enter, keep users both devices only briefly together, then they communicate with each other. If you want, then you can also automatically transfer without further action, photos on a Smartphone or tablet.

The Samsung NX30 will come from in February 2014 with the standard zoom lens “18-55 mm F3.5 -5.6 OIS III “for around 1,000 Euros in the market. Camera body only without lens is available for 900 Euros. It included with the software Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. The NX series camera from Samsung has their own proprietary lens mount. So far, 13 lenses are available in the market for this system.