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Nikon has just unveiled its new flagship DSLR camera, the new D4S. Nikon's D4S still features the same 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, as well as the 51-point autofocus system and RGB 3D metering system.
We still have the 3.2-inch display on the back, 100% view optical viewfinder, and compatibility with the existing FX and DX lenses. Nikon has said that the 16.2-megapixel sensor is now capable of up to 409,600 ISO, an extra stop beyond the 204,800 capable on the previous D4. The company says that on top of the new group autofocus mode, the D4S is better at keeping focus on an object that is being tracked.
Nikon has installed an Expeed 4 image processor inside the D4S, something the company results in 30% more processing power than its predecessor. This means we have an extra frame of shooting available versus the D4's 10fps, up to 11fps. RAW shooters can now use newer, smaller RAW SIZE S files, which are half the size of traditional RAW files.
Samsung's Android-based Galaxy Camera was a big hit amongst Android enthusiast, and a step in the right direction in my opinion. Today the company announced that the Galaxy Camera's successor the Galaxy Camera 2 will launch to the public next month. The device will be running Android Jelly Bean, and no word was given if a KitKat update would be coming or not.
The camera will feature a 4.8-inch 720p LCD, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a 2,000mAh battery. The lens does appear to be the same one featured on the original unit with an aperture rage of f/2.8-5.9 and about 21x power zoom. The Galaxy Camera 2 will ship in white and black trim and will be able to upload images directly to your favorite apps and social media sites without the need to offload the images to a PC first. Samsung says that the Galaxy Camera 2 will retail at a pricing point of about $450 USD.
Panasonic has just teased some ultra gorgeous footage from its 4K-capable camera, the LUMIX GH4. The footage was shot in Yucatan, Mexico. Some incredible footage from a cheap (for a 4K camera) camera - priced at $2,000.
The new LUMIX GH4 is capable of shooting both 3840x2160 and "cinema 4K" which is 4096x2160 at 30FPS with 100Mbps bit rate. Panasonic have opted for a 16-megapixel CMOS Micro Four Thirds sensor in the LUMIX GH4. The 4K footage above, I've just watched on an ASUS PQ321QE, a 31.5-inch 4K panel, and hot damn does it look amazing.
Nikon has just shown off two new rugged compact digital cameras that are designed for those who like to travel and adventure outdoors. The new Coolpix AW120m features a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor along with a 5X optical zoom lens. The camera is able to survive falls from as high as six feet and can withstand water submersion up to 54 feet deep.
The AW120m boast a 24mm, f/2.8 lens and is capable of continuous shooting at 6.9 frames per second. Integrated Wi-Fi and GPS round out the feature set, and you can expect to see it on store shelves around February 27th. Nikon also released the Coolpix S32, a stripped down version that features a 13-megapixel censor, and waterproof rating. There is no built-in Wi-Fi or GPS however, and it is only shock rated to about four feet. It will arrive on shelves on the 27th as well.
When you combine the rise of digital cameras with the boom in social media, and then cross the two with an increase in popularity of outdoor activities, you develop a need for a way to take photos in any environment, no matter how demanding it may be. Ricoh thinks that it may have solved this issue with its new WG-4 and WG-20 ruggedized, waterproof digital cameras.
The WG-4 comes in two varieties; one with GPS, and One without GPS. Both models feature a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor with an ISO range up to 6400, and an aperture of f/2.0 combine for excellent low-light performance. A zoom range of 25mm up to 100mm ensure that you always get the shot no matter if you need to shoot something wide or tight. The WG-4 series featres 29 shooting modes, which includes 16 scene presets, as well as full HD video recording. A rear 3-inch LCD is available as well to help in composing the perfect shot.
The WG20 features a lesser 14-megapixel camera, and only 5X zoom, but has a digital microscope feature with five LED lights for extreme close up macro shots. A 2.7-inch rear LCD is present and video recording at 720p is on board. All three cameras are waterproof to 45-feet for up to two hours, 32-feet for the WG-20, as well as being dust-proof, shock-resistant, able to survive crushing weight of up to 220-pounds, and resistant to temperatures as low as 14f.
The 70-millimeter Hasselblad Electric Data Camera used during the Apollo 15 mission for pictures - but not selfies - on the Moon, is being auctioned off at a WestLicht Gallery auction in Vienna next month.
James Irwin used it when he walked on the Moon all the way back in 1971, and will fetch $270,000 or more. Unfortunately, NASA hasn't confirmed its authenticity, but gallery officials insist that the number 38 printed inside the camera is all the proof required, as the images Irwin snapped are all labeled with the same number.
If you've got a spare $270,000, you could always take a punt...
Roswell Police in New Mexico are using 3D scanners to preserve a 3D rendering of an area, such as a crime scene, as evidence. The police department are using a scanner made by Faro 3D, which cost $86,000.
The 3D scanning tech is capable of capturing a scene down to an accuracy that spans just "a couple of millimeters" and allows investigators to look over an area from all directions, long after the initial inspection. Scott Stevenson, a Roswell Police Detective, said "It's going to give the judge and the jury a very accurate graphical image of what the scene consists of".
There are downsides to this technology, where post-fact manipulations can be applied. Famous crime scenes can also be leaked to the public, but this is one downside in the many upsides this technology could provide to police.
CES 2014 - Between scheduled meetings I had about an hour to walk the CES floor in one of the many ballrooms that were set up to house the thousands of vendors who were showcasing their products for media, buyers, and analyst. I happened to stumble across the PAPAGO booth and got to check out their newly released line of video camera devices that have just launched in the US.
Being an avid Airsoft player, their small cylindrical 1080p GoLife Extreme Action Camera instantly caught my eye. The GOLife Extreme is a lightweight and rugged small action camera that features a rechargeable battery and allows for full 1080p capture during even the most extreme sporting outings. Having recently researched action cameras for my Airsoft outings, the GoLife Extreme is definitely the lightest and smallest of the models I have looked at, and would be perfect for anything where a lightweight camera is desired to capture all of the action.
Action cameras are awesome, but PAPAGO is most famous for its line of Dash Cameras, and the company was showing of its latest P3 dashcam at CES. The P3 records your commuting trips in full HD and features a built-in G-Sensor that automatically backed up all recorded footage in the event of a collision. Additionally the P3 features an integrated GPS navigation system, and the device can wan you when you exceed the speed limit.
CES 2014 - Panasonic has just joined the worlds of 4K and wearable tech together with the announcement of the HX-A100 camera. Panasonic's new camera is just in the prototype stage right now, unfortunately.
Panasonic's HX-A100 camera is 4K-capable, waterproof, and is capable (and was shown at CES 2014 doing so) beaming a live feed in 4K to a 4K-capable TV through a mini HDMI port. Engadget were on the show floor, reporting that the Panasonic HX-A100 camera feeding 4K to an Ultra HD TV was "free from stuttering, and caught a fairly wide field of view courtesy of its fisheye lens." Panasonic's 4K-capable HX-A100 camera is expected to reach consumers later in the year.
CES 2014 - Polaroid has unveiled its latest camera creation, which is more social than ever: the Socialmatic. Polaroid's Socialmatic camera, as you may have guessed, its very social.
The company had planned to launch it in Q1 of this year, but has pushed the Android-powered camera back to the fall. Polaroid's Socialmatic features a 4.5-inch touchscreen display, a rear-facing 14-megapixel camera backed up by a 2-megapixel for selfies, 4GB of flash storage which is expandable through microSD, Wi-Fi connectivity and Android.