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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.
The US government has an incredible camera capable of producing 1.8-gigapixel images. DARPA has been authorized by the government to provide more details, so that's just what they did. In the following NOVA segment, aired on PBS, the capabilities of ARGUS-IS are discussed and demonstrated, all for your viewing pleasure.
As you can see in the video, the camera is incredibly capable. It's able to track movement and see birds flying through the air. The system is capable of recording ten square miles of land at a single time. The camera is made from an array of 5 megapixel sensors, such as those found in your smartphone.
It uses a total of 368 sensors to create the entire 1.8-gigapixel image. Incredibly, the system pulls in 600GB of data per second, all of which is recorded, according to the video. It's incredible to think about what the government could use this on, both in foreign countries and on its own citizens.
Kodak has taken a beating recently that can only be described as "epic." There is a chance to own a new digital camera bearing the spiraling company's name, though. JK Imaging has just unveiled its Kodak-branded S1 Micro Four Thirds camera.
JK Imaging bought the Kodak brand for it's own line of cameras and the S1 is its first product released under the Kodak name. We tried searching for a detailed specifications list, but it seems that any info about this new camera is being kept a well guarded secret.
At this point all we do know is that it will have built-in WiFi, and most likely it will bear a Sony-made CMOS sensor. Word on the street is that the S1 will launch sometime in Q3 of this year and as soon as we have more info we will pass it along.
CES 2013 - The camera in the iPhone is quite capable. You probably haven't even realized that most of the pictures I've posted to our Facebook page for CES this year have been taken with an iPhone 5. While it has a versatile sensor, you are limited to just the lens built into the device, meaning no fish-eyes, macros, or wide angles available.
That was the case, but then the Olloclip came out and changed it. In a single device that fits over the corner of the iPhone, users can quickly take macro, wide-angle, and fish-eye pictures, as you can see above. The left image is the normal iPhone camera, the next is the wide-angle lens, from the same position, and on the right is the fish-eye lens, again from the same position.
The lens system is available online and will set you back $69.99 from B&H Photo Video. I'm definitely considering picking one up for my iPhone. How about you? Let us know in the comments below.
Sony demos its SteadyShot technology by mounting two cameras to a moving platform, see the results for yourself
CES 2013 - Sony is pretty proud of it image stabilization technology and was showcasing the latest of their SteadyShot tech at CES 2013.
The demo consisted of two video cameras mounted to a shaking platform, with the video being fed out to two TV screens below. Look at the video below and check out the stunning results:
CES 2013 - JVC is no stranger to launching flagship, ground-breaking HD camcorders at CES. Last year they released on of the first 4k camcorders made. This year it is a more affordable handheld camcorder capable of 1080P capture.
Launched earlier today at CES, the JVC Procision GC-PX100 is a 1,920 x 1,080 video capturing monster. It shoots at 36Mbps, a rate that makes it perfect for slow motion capture. Boasting a F/1.2 lens with a 1/2.3" 12.8 megapixel black side illuminated CMOS sensor the GC-PX100 is capable of cranking out up to 600 frames per second.
The device is also able to capture still images at burst rates of nine per second. Also worth mentioning, is that the camera is WiFi enabled, and users can send the video to a phone or PC with the push of a button. The Procision GC-PX100 is on the upper end of consumer camcorders at $1000, but we can see this selling fast to athletic groups.
Polaroid, the once popular instant photo company has plans to launch "Fotobars" in various US cities. The stores will be a place where you can take your digital images and have them professionally printed.
Ten stores are set to launch in Delray Beach Fl, New York, and Las Vegas in 2013 with the Delray store being the first this February. Each store will be staffed with so-called Photenders, and equipped with a "patent-pending proprietary technology" that'll let you wirelessly transfer photos from your phone to a workstation.
Simple glossy photos wont be all you are limited to though, customers will be able to print photos on "handcrafted" pieces using canvas, metal, acrylic, wood or bamboo -- those will be shipped to the customer within 72 hours, and are apparently of the same variety that can currently be ordered on Polaroid's Photobar website.
Polaroid has confirmed that it is planning to introduce an Android-powered camera similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy Camera at CES 2013. The new camera will feature interchangeable lenses, something the Galaxy Camera is distinctly missing. Other details of the camera have not been offered, though we will know in about three weeks at CES.
"There will be an Android powered, interchangeable lens camera introduced by Polaroid at CES 2013," Scott Hardy, president and CEO of Polaroid told Imaging Resource in an emailed statement. "Additional information and specs will be released during the show."
CES 2012 saw Polaroid unveiling the Android-powered SC1630, which featured a 16MP sensor, though it still has not gone on sale. The picture above turned up alongside of a rumor of this device, which popped up on Tuesday. The camera is said to be called the IM1836 and will reportedly be mirrorless with an 18.1MP sensor and 3.5-inch touchscreen.
The operating system is rumored to be Android 4.
Foxconn, most notably of Apple device manufacturing fame has reportedly purchased a minority stake in HD video camera maker GoPro. In an agreement that sees Foxconn purchase an 8.8% stake for roughly $200 million dollars.
The purchase gives Foxconn founder and CEO Terry Gou a spot on GoPro's board of directors. The deal between Foxconn and GoPro gives the camera manufacturer a market value of $2.25 billion.
GoPro has pretty much revolutionized the wearable and mountable HD Camera market. Widely popular with the extreme sports, on location video production, and home video enthusiast markets, GoPro has wigged it's way as a contender in mobile video production.
That weird Android camera made by Samsung is coming to Verizon. Yes, I'm talking about the Samsung Galaxy Camera, which will soon be making an appearance on Verizon's LTE network. Wind of this story was first caught last week, thanks to an FCC filing, but it has now been confirmed by the product page.
Curiously enough, the specs only list an LTE radio operating at 700MHz. There is no mention of the older CDMA technology, which could leave some users in the dark. CDMA is basically everywhere on Verizon's network, and while LTE is working its way on getting to that point, it isn't quite there, at least not yet.
Price hasn't been disclosed, though it will likely come in at a similar price to the AT&T version, so you should expect to pay around $499. It's possible that Verizon may offer a subsidy with a two-year contract, but there has been no mention either direction on whether or not this will happen.