According to a report by Sony Alpha Rumors, Sony is getting close to releasing a smartphone accessory that would mount directly onto the device. The accessory in question is a camera attachment that would make use of a large sensor and Carl Zeiss lens. The attachment is quite small and would stuff the sensor, a battery, and storage directly into the lens.
The attachment will make use of NFC or Wi-Fi to transfer the images to the smartphone, allowing users to get super high quality images directly on their smartphone. If Sony manages to cram a great sensor behind a Carl Zeiss lens, budding photographers around the world will likely pick it up in droves to take better Instagram pictures of their food. Or, you know, better pictures of awesome things.
Nikon says it can no longer ignore the smartphone boom, says it needs to change the concept of compact cameras
Nikon is feeling the pain from the slumping point-and-shoot camera market which is being destroyed by the constantly evolving smartphone market. In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Nikon President Makoto Kimura said that in the wake of the "exploding" smartphone market, his company has formed a new imaging team to address the problem.
He went on to say that the new team is tasked with "creating a new product that will change the concept of cameras" as we know them. Kimura expects this new product to come to market within the next 5 years and that it will change the landscape of casual snap shooting. When asked specifically if he was referring to a new Nikon branded smartphone, Kimura declined to comment.
He did however say that the new "secret" project could be a non-camera product, leaving us all to wonder if such an imaging giant like Nikon could possibly consider building a true smartphone. This is a major possibility as Nikons point-and-shoot cameras make up the vast majority of their income.
Samsung have just unveiled their WB110 camera, a 20-megapixel successor to their 2012 model that featured 16 megapixels. The new model includes 26x optical zoom, which is what the successor sported, too.
Samsung includes a 35mm equivalent range of 22.3mm to 580mm. They've also crammed in 720p AVC/H.264 video, 3,200 max ISO, Smart Auto mode which helps with still and movie exposures, a pop-up flash and 3-inch HVGA (480x360) display. It's not going to break your bank, or any records, but it's here and it is ready to go.
Google wants you to go to hard to reach places, wants you to take their 'Trekker' camera backpack on an adventure
Google continue to impress, where they're offering applications to individuals who want to help out with their Google Maps coverage: "If you're a tourism board, non-profit, university, research organization, or other third party who can gain access and help collect imagery of hard to reach places, you can apply to borrow the Trekker and help map the world."
The Trekker sounds like a great idea, especially for those who love to travel and have special places around the world that are hard to access, so that they can personally share them with the world. The Trekker is quite the backpack, which weighs in at a back-breaking 42 pounds. Google have mapped it out in detail:
The Trekker is operated by an Android device and consists of 15 lenses angled in a different direction so the images can be stitched together into 360-degree panoramic views. As the operator walks, photos are taken roughly every 2.5 seconds. Our first collection using this camera technology was taken along the rough, rocky terrain of Arizona's Grand Canyon.
Just as you thought the megapixel race was coming to an end, someone had to go that little bit higher. The Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) is an 870-megapixel beast that was built specifically for Japan's Subaru Telescope which is in Hawaii.
The HSC stands at 8.2m tall, and features 116 separate CCD sensors that are operated at minus 100 degrees Celcius. The HSC includes a huge Wide Field Corrector (WFC) system from Canon, and features seven difference lens elements that help improve the image quality captured by Subaru's main mirror, 16 meters below the telescope itself.
How much does an 870-megapixel weigh? Only 872kg. Mitsubishi have helped out, too, where they built the motor that allows for adjustment as precise as 1-2 microns, or just 1/100th the width of a human hair. All of this work for the HSC helps it take pictures of the sky which will help researchers with dark energy and dark matter research.
Samsung launches Galaxy NX, the world's first interchangeable lens mirrorless camera running Android with 4G connectivity
During this afternoon's Premiere 2013 event in London, Samsung announced the long anticipated Galaxy NX camera. The Galaxy NX is a mirrorless 4/3 camera that features the ability to swap out lenses from Samsung's NX line of cameras. What makes this new photographic offering amazing is the fact that it runs Android 4.2.2.
Myoung Sup Han, Senior Vice President and Head of the Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics:
The GALAXY NX reflects the unique needs of a user who needs to take professional photos and share them immediately in any situation. For those who want to express themselves and the exciting moments that make up their lives quickly, easily and on the go, the GALAXY NX is an ideal choice.
Technology to track fast moving objects is currently being developed by researchers at the University of Tokyo. This new technology promises to revolutionize sports coverage as it is able to quickly track fast moving baseballs, soccer balls, and footballs. Researchers have started field trials to see if it will perform as well outside as it has in the lab. If successful, this technology could be broadcast ready in just two years.
The system uses lenses and mirrors combined with a fast-tracking system to keep the ping-pong ball in focus and centered in the frame. It follows the movement rather than trying to predict it. This same technology could also be used in conjunction with a projector. The projector could, well, project an image onto the item being tracked, potentially turning your ping-pong ball into an emoji.
Samsung will be holding an event on June 20, where they should hopefully announce the Android-based, professional-class camera, the Galaxy NX. Ahead of that, though, is a leak, which we all know and love here at TweakTown.
The mirrorless camera looks beautiful and rocking Android for an internal OS is just going to be awesome, something I'm quite excited to see. Let's talk specs now, shall we? We should expect the Galaxy NX to feature a 20.3-megapixel APS-C sensor, 1080p video recording support, max ISO of 25,600 and either a dual- or quad-core Exynos processor. The 4.3-inch touchscreen on the back should be gorgeous and sports a "high resolution".
We should know more on June 20, and you can check back with us here at TweakTown about it then.
This morning Samsung released the long anticipated Galaxy S4 Zoom, a true crossover between a smartphone and point and shoot camera. The phone features a 10x optical zoom lens that sits over a 16-megapixel CMOS Sensor and even packs a real Xenon flash for best in class low light performance.
This newest edition to the Galaxy S4 line features a Super AMOLED 4.3-inch qHD display with a resolution of 960x540, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The device supports LTE and has the usual compliments of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Samsung apps, but the S4 Zoom is twice as thick as the original Galaxy S4 and weighs in at a whopping 208 grams.
On the camera side the S4 Zoom features an aperture range of f/3.1 to f/6.3 and has a maximum ISO of 3200 which should help in low light situations. Other than that, and the zoom being 10x shorter, the Galaxy S4 Zoom is photographically on par with last year's model.
At first we thought we would see Samsung launch the Galaxy S4 Mini at its upcoming London press event, but that ship has sailed. We also thought that we might see a new Galaxy Tablet lineup or the Active and Zoom being released, and while they were, Samsung did not wait for the London "Premiere" event to announce them.
With the event drawing closer every day, analyst are scrambling to figure out what might be unveiled and right now anyone's guess is good as another. This morning VR Zone is reporting that the next candidate in line has to be the new Mirrorless Galaxy Camera 2. This actually makes sense as rumors of the camera's existence have been floating around for months.
Not much is known about the Galaxy Camera 2, but we do know that a 20.9-megapixel sensor, along with a quad-core Exynos processor and 1GB of RAM are the most likely possibilities for the new camera. The device will also feature 8GB of internal storage with an SD card slot for those who feel 8GB is just not enough. Finally the GCam 2 will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and will boast a 4.8-inch 720p screen.
Camera+ managed to get one of each of the previous iPhones and take the same picture with each. The resulting images were lined up side-by-side to show the progression of the iPhone's camera abilities. The original iPhone and iPhone 3G are massively behind what the iPhone 5 is capable of. Look for yourself:
As you can see, the iPhone experienced several jumps in ability, thought the largest jump has to be from the 3G to the 3GS. Even still, Apple has continually made the camera better every iteration. With the iPhone 5S, Apple will likely again increase the camera's capabilities.
It's amazing to consider what the iPhone camera is capable of. Especially impressive is how far the camera is come in just six years. It's starting to approach the same quality of image produced by DSLRs, though it still has a bit to go. What are your thoughts on the progress of the iPhone camera?
Samsung has submitted a new camera to the Bluetooth SIG group for Bluetooth 4.0 certification. Allegedly called the Galaxy S4 Zoom, it appears to be a new "smart-camera", like the previously released Galaxy Camera.
While it is listed on the Bluetooth SIG website as a "Samsung Mobile Phone", the 3G capable smart-camera focuses more on getting a good shot than making a phone call. Featuring 10x optical zoom and an imaging sensor of unknown size, it also includes a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED touchscreen display.
Samsung has also packed in 8GB of internal storage and support for a micro-SD card. Despite all of the information that has been released, any images of the device have yet to surface, and there is also no information on what processor is used for image handling. If you believe the rumor mill, we should see an official launch in June.
This morning Samsung has shown off a new compact so-called Smart Camera that features a removable lens and touchscreen display. The new NX2000 is essentially a touchscreen version of the NX3000, which was shown off earlier this year.
Featuring a 20.3 megapixel APC-C CMOS sensor, a 3.7-inch touchscreen display and an ISO range of 100-25600, the NX2000 is capable of shutter speeds up to 1/4000th of a second. Video capabilities include 2D and 3D capture at a full 1080p resolution. Samsung says that the NX2000 will be able to use the full line of Samsung NX lenses.
NFC connectivity as well as built-in WiFi and the option to control the camera through Samsung's Smart Camera app for iOS and Android are also included. Samsung has went the extra mile and is bundling Adobe Photoshop Lightroom with the NX2000, saving aspiring photographers about $80 in software.
Shutterfly announced this morning that it has bought photobook software developer MyPublisher for an undisclosed amount. MyPublisher has been developing photobook making software for the past 18 years and is considered one of the leading innovators in the field.
In an interview with TheNextWeb, Shutterfly CEO Jeffrey Housenbold said:
"Shutterfly photo books continue to delight customers, bringing more consumers online to tell their stories and connect with friends and family in creative ways.
By combining MyPublisher's best in class software client with Shutterfly's industry leading cloud based platform, we will continue to drive growth and set the standard for design, choice and quality in the personal publishing and social expression category."
It is just about time for all of those products that were shown off at CES to begin arriving on store shelves. Today Panasonic announced the release of its Lumix DMC-XS1 compact digital camera.
Featuring a 16.1MP imaging sensor, the Lumix DMC-XS1 is a very formidable entry into the compact point and shoot camera market. A 24mm 5x zoom lens brings everything into focus up front, while a 2.7-inch TFT display on the back lets you check for the perfect capture.
The Lumix DMC-XS1 is capable of 720p video capture at 30 FPS. A 690mAh rechargeable battery is also stuffed inside the 17mm thick package, which should provide for about 300 images, before needing to be recharged. Panasonic has created 10 unique case designs for the Lumix DMC-XS1 which should appeal to the younger market.
Red, the make of high-end cinematographic cameras, will begin upgrading Epic-M and Epic-X cameras tomorrow to the new Dragon Sensor for the low price of $8,500. The upgrade will usher the already amazing cameras into the 6K era and will re-define the meaning of high definition.
The new sensor features 6K resolution with 120 frames per second possible at 5K, and features 15 stops of dynamic range. In an interesting turn of events, Red will let owners as well as the public watch the upgrade process live at their booth at NAB.
Red Epic camera owners who wait until Thursday to purchase the upgrade will have to pay $9,500. Those looking to purchase a new Epic-M with the Dragon Sensor pre-installed will be able to pre-order the camera tomorrow for $29,000. For smaller film makers who ordered the more budget friendly Scarlet, they will be able to upgrade to the Dragon Sensor in the near future. Scarlet Dragon pricing is forthcoming and we will keep you updated when more information is released.
Images have surfaced of Panasonic's upcoming Lumix DMC-GF6 MFT camera. The camera which is set to be released tomorrow appeared in white trim, and looking quite nice.
Along with the image, info has also been leaked about the camera's specifications. Packed into the small hosing is a 16-megapixel image sensor, an all-new "Venus" image engine, low light Auto Focus system and WiFi. The camera is capable of burst of up to 4.2 frames per second, and can shoot 1080p video at 60 FPS.
Other notable features include Near Field Communication, an ISO range up to 25,600, and will come with a 14-42mm kit lens. The GF6 is expected to retail at $680 and every indication is pointing to the official launch happening tomorrow morning.
Do Mirror-less Four-Thirds cameras appeal to you? Personally I still prefer a big bodied DSLR, but that is just the photographer in me speaking.
Samsung is set to release its WiFi-only point and shoot camera / smartphone mash-up this month. Samsung took the tech community by storm when it first released the Galaxy Camera which basically features a fully connected Galaxy smartphone on the back of a full featured point and shoot camera.
Now those who want a smartphone / high-end point and shoot camera, but hate the idea of a monthly data fee can rejoice as Samsung is finally going to begin shipping its WiFi only version just a mere three months after it was announced at CES.
The WiFi-only version of the Galaxy Camera will feature a 4.8-inch Super Clear Touch LCD, 16MP BSI CMOS sensor and 21X optical zoom. The Android Jelly Bean powered device will retail for about $50 less than its cellular data connected big brother, which retails at a price point of $500.
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.