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.
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.
Based in Canada? Waiting for Samsung's Galaxy Camera? Well, you'll only have to wait for just over another week, as they'll be launching the Jelly Bean-powered Galaxy Camera in Canada on December 7.
It'll be arriving in Black's Photography, as well as the official Samsung store in Burnaby, BC. The Canuck model will keep its HSPA+ data that comes in the AT&T model, too. Samsung haven't released any pricing for Canadians, yet.
The Galaxy Camera in the US is around $500, so you shouldn't expect to pay too much more for the Jelly Bean-powered Galaxy Camera.
I'm quite excited about Samsung's Galaxy Camera, as it ushers in an era of Android-powered point-and-shoot digital cameras from a strong Android-based smartphone maker.
Samsung's Galaxy Camera will first drop on AT&T's network, who will offer the camera on a 4G (non-LTE) data plan. There's no details on pricing, or if the carrier will offer any sort of subsidy. AT&T have stated that they will unveil pricing when the camera is released in a few weeks time.
In case you haven't heard of the Galaxy Camera, let's run over the specs again. We're looking at a normal point-and-shoot camera, that is just a powerful as a decent smartphone minus the voice call part of things. The Galaxy Camera sports 21x optical zoom with f/2.8 maximum aperture, with a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor with an ISO range from 100 to 3,200.
NHK are slowly making me consider a move to Japan, just so I can experience these things hands-on. But at CEATEC, they had some 3D goggles on display, sporting an 8K resolution. These goggles were able to zoom into a picture without degrading quality significantly.
8K resolution has been called Super Hi-Vision by NHK, which offers 16 times the resolution of a 1920x1080 Full HD image. NHK's 3D goggles showed off some 3D diorama images of locales in Japan, and were captured by Super Hi-Vision cameras in either 4K or 8K. A user can pan the goggles around, while manipulating a lever, where they're able to zoom in and out of the image. The super high-resolution 8K image provides the ability to zoom in at up to 16x, and full receive a Full HD image - beyond impressive.
It'll obviously be years and years before we see 8K even reach mainstream, but it's great to know the technology is being worked on now, in the very early days. It will also make getting to 4K seem not so impressive.
One of the devices that I think will change the point-and-shoot market up is Samsung's Android-powered Galaxy Camera. The 4.77-inch HD display-sporting digital camera sports some decent specs, too.
We're looking at crystal clear steady snapping, a F2.8 aperture, 21X optical zoom, and a focal length of 23mm. Samsung's Galaxy Camera also includes 8GB of internal storage, with the option of upgrading this through microSD.
Samsung's Galaxy Camera also supports 10 different modes for snapping photos, supports 120fps video recording, auto face calibration, action freeze, slow motion on video, on-screen editing, auto cloud back-up, and Glonass-assisted GPS functionalities. Once pictures have been taken on the Galaxy Camera, they can be shared using the point-and-shoots Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and HDMI connectivity.
4K is not even properly here yet, considering my wife hasn't bought me a 4K-capable screen yet, and now were hearing about not only 8K cameras, but 8K cameras capable of capturing 120Hz.
Normally they capture at 60Hz, but 120Hz would make motion on screen look silky smooth, and not just for sport, but for movies, games and more. The Japanese Broadcasting Corporation's latest model was on show at IBC in Amsterdam, showing off the 120Hz, 8K-capable camera's abilities.
Engadget was there for some eyes-on action, citing that when "Filming a rotating image that paired ordinary objects and cityscapes with letters and numbers, you could see the difference instantly, with the 120Hz image on the right side yielding far shaper details, while the left side was often a blurry mess."