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The future of smart device cameras could lay with Toshiba, as the company announced this week the industry's thinnest CMOS image sensor camera module for next-generation smartphones and tablets.
Toshiba's new sensor is just 4.7mm high, and will allow companies to bake in high-end 13-megapixel cameras in an ultra-thin frame. Andrew Burt, vice president of the Analog and Imaging Business Unit, System LSI Group at TAEC has said:
Toshiba once again proves its technical expertise in the development of this ultra-low height module enabling customers to create the thin, attractive mobile products that consumers have come to expect. Our strategy of continuous innovation and enhancement to the TAEC systems offering, especially for the camera/imaging markets, provides the technology solutions that will drive thinner mobile devices without compromising picture quality or performance.
Toshiba's new CMOS image sensor camera module will be available to manufacturers starting next month.
Minox, a camera manufacturer famous for its miniaturized digital cameras, has just unveiled the Retro DCC 14.0. This new micro camera is designed on a scale of 1:3 and is small enough to hide in the palm of your hand.
The DCC 14.0 features a 14MP CMOS image sensor and when combined with the fixed 7.4mm lens, the camera has an effective focal length of around 45mm, which is slightly wider than a human's natural vision. The lens features an f-stop of 2.0, which will means the camera should perform well in low light situations.
The camera features no manual settings and is fixed to a fully automatic mode. Images are compressed into the JPEG format with video being encoded as AVI files at a resolution of 640x480. The camera is capable of about 4X zoom and has a close focusing distance of 50cm. Available in silver and black, the Minox DCC 14.0 will retail for $240.
Fujifilm has just shown off two new cameras that will be added to its FinePix lineup in later this spring. One is aimed at the adventurer who finds themselves in or around water, while the other is more geared towards the higher end point and shoot market.
The funky looking FinePix XP200 is encased in a protective housing that makes it waterproof up to a depth of 50 feet, and has the added bonus of making it impact resistant. A 16MP CMOS sensor with a 28-140mm lens gives the camera an effective zoom length of 5X. The Wi-Fi equipped XP200 is capable of full HD video and 10 frames per second of continuous shooting.
A 16MP BSI CMOS sensor is at the core of the FinePix S8400W and offers a huge 24-1,056mm lens which equates to 44x zoom. An aperture of f/2.9 - 6.5 combined with an ISO range up to 12,800 ensures that you are always gathering as much light as possible for the best images possible. The S8400W is capable of HD video at 60FPS at 1080i and super slow motion capture at 480FPS.
The S8400W features Wi-Fi connectivity, macro mode with a focusing distance of just 0.39-inches, and an auto focus system that is capable of sharpening things up in less than 1/3 of a second. Both camera's will go on sale in May with the S8400W being priced at $350 and then XP200 coming in at a mere $300.
Canon has just released what it is billing as the "world's smallest and lightest" fully featured DSLR. The EOS Rebel SL1 weighs in at just 14.36oz and is 25 percent smaller than its older sibling, the Rebel T4i. The new SL1 is targeted at competing with the current micro four-thirds mirror-less models that are flooding the market.
Featuring a new 18-megapixel CMOS based APS-C sensor, and Canon's very fast Digic 5 image processor, this little DSLR packs a punch. An ISO range of 100-12800 can tame low light situations, and is expandable to 25600 for stills and 6400 for video. The SL1 is capable of shooting four frames per second of continuous shooting.
The SL1 also features a 9-point auto focus system that is capable of autofocus tracking when shooting video. This is enabled by the bundled 18-55 f/3-5.6 IS STM "kit lens" that features Canon's movie servo autofocus feature. The EOS SL1 will hit shelves in April with a body only price tag of $650 or $800 with the kit lens.
What can 15 GoPro cameras do? They can provide some Matrix-like content thanks to one amateur filmmaker
What can fifteen GoPro cameras do in the hands of an amateur filmmaker? They can provide some Matrix-like content, where Marc Donahue from Permagrin Films showing off his half-circle bunch of GoPro cameras in a bunch of different ways, check out the video below.
The video shows off basic things like cooking, or people riding bikes, and slowing them down and going into different angles like we've seen in The Matrix. The fifteen GoPro cameras are synchronized to shoot around the subject, giving off the effect of wrapping around the item, or persons in focus. Donahue has admitted that his technique isn't perfect, adding that he is "making a cable" to help the cameras snap photos quicker, so future videos will be smoother.
GoPro provided the cameras to Donahue, where he'll continue to pump cool content out with them in the future, where Donahue has a music video coming out soon using the same technique.
Nikon has just announced the latest edition to its prosumer line of DSLR cameras. The D7100 is the direct successor to the D7000, and features a new 24.1MP DC format sensor as well as a new EXPEED 3 image processor.
The D7100 also touts a 51 point auto-focus system (15 cross-type), all of which are powered by a new Multi-CAM 3500DX AF module. The D7100 is capable of six frames per second shooting at full resolution, seven when using the 1.3x crop mode. ISO ranges from 100 all the way to 6400 and is expandable up to 25,600 when in Hi-2 ISO mode. The camera also features dual SD card ports, which should allow multi-image format capture.
Video capabilities are set at 1080p at 30fps or 60i and 50i in 1.3x crop mode. Sound is captured through an internal stereo microphone or users can opt to use an external mic through the supplied jack. The viewfinder has also been upgraded to an OLED, with 100% frame coverage. In addition, a wireless mobile adapter will allow the camera to communicate with devices up to 49 feet away.
Many of us have probably heard of the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Camera that comes on Verizon's and AT&T's LTE networks, and numerous others around the world. A subset of us probably thought, "Why does my camera need LTE?" Apparently Samsung was listening, because they have just announced the aptly named Galaxy Camera (Wi-Fi).
The new model will be identical to the currently available Galaxy Camera, save for the fact it won't come with an LTE modem. Samsung hasn't spilled all of the details, so we can't tell you when it will be released or how much it will cost, though the tech giant has promised it will come with a smaller price tag.
Photographer's fond of Sony hardware will be pleased to hear that images the company's two new upcoming cameras have been leaked. Press images of the Sony NEX-3N and the new A58 have been spotted in the wild ahead of their release on February 20th.
The Sony NEX-3N is said to sport a new 16.1 megapixel APS-C sensor that is similar to the NEX-F3, and would be able to use Sony's 16-50mm PX and the 18-200 PZ lenses. Integrated flash is still featured as well as a zoom lever close to the shutter button.
The A58 DSLR is geared towards more professional photographers, and will feature a 20 megapixel sensor that is capable of up to eight frames per second burst. The body looks quite similar to that of the A57, but we have heard that the focusing system has been redesigned for the A58. The A58 will be able to be controlled through a computer, but WiFi functionality is reportedly not featured.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has confirmed that they will be making a camera available for the pint-sized PC. The Raspberry Pi camera will come in at $25, which is the same price as the cheaper Model A Raspberry Pi that is available in Europe. The camera looks to be a 5-megapixel piece and will be capable of recording HD videos.
Not much else is known about the camera module, other than it the picture above is what the final product will look like. The Raspberry Pi Foundation says that it can take "pretty good" pictures right now, but the driver needs to be tweaked a bit and the product won't be released until it can take pictures that are "bleedin' marvelous."
Nikon may have outdone themselves this time, the new AF-S Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 E FL ED VR was just released and it can only be described as "massive." The new lens measures in at 6.3 x 18.2 inches and weighs a whopping 10 lbs.
This is not just any old run of the mill Nikkor lens, though. The 800mm packs several new technologies and is the first in the Nikkor line to receive features like electromagnetic diaphragm control and fluorite lens elements. It also features existing technology such as nano crystal coating and vibration reduction.
The new lens features a total of 20 elements that are organized into 13 groups, with two of them being fluorite and two composing of ED glass. The lens comes with an included AF-S 1.25x teleconverter, effectively extending its focal length to 1000mm on FX format cameras or 1500mm on DX format cameras. The Nikkor 800mm f5.6 carries a whopping MSRP of $17,899.95 and will hit shelves in April.