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Earlier today two photos surfaced on the internet of two of Sony's upcoming A series mirrorless cameras. The A7 and A7R are set to be the flagship middle ground cameras between Sony's NEX line and its Alpha line of DSLRs. The A7 and A7R both feature full frame sensors and boast a mirrorless design.
If recent rumors are true, the A7 will feature 24-megapixel sensor while the A7R will boast a whopping 36-megapixel sensor and the camera's internal anti-aliasing filter will be removed to aid in producing the sharpest image possible. Rumors suggest that both cameras will feature a UI similar to that used on the company's RX camera line and will include a "live view" of sorts. The cameras are "water-sealed" along with their line of lenses.
Dropcam has upgraded its Wi-Fi video monitoring camera and today announced its launch. The Dropcam Pro features quite the list of improvements including an all-new six-element glass lens that provides 130 degrees of view. The improved optics are placed in front of a larger imaging sensor that is said to be twice as sharp as its predecessor.
Dropcam has also implemented a new digital zoom function that is said to retail the HD image quality while featuring no mechanical parts to wear out. Users will now be able to pinch-to-zoom on the Dropcam mobile app. A new microphone has also been utilized which is said to bring higher quality audio, and the Wi-Fi radio has been upgraded to a dual channel model.
GoPro has been revolutionary to how action sports are filmed and now the little HD camera has just gotten even better. Today GoPro released the new Hero3+ Black Edition, a GoPro camera that has been shrunken down by 20-percent in both size and weight. The company is also claiming that the Hero3+ Black Edition features up to 30-percent more battery life.
Not only has GoPro improved the form factor and weight, but the company says that the Hero3+ brings forth improved image quality and powerful new features that make the worlds best action camera even better. The Hero3+ now features what GoPro is calling "SuperView," a much wider viewing angle to capture all the action. Additionally the new camera has a new Auto Low Light Mode, and a new Wi-Fi chip that provides four times the speed of the previous Hero3.
GoPro recently released its second generation of video editing software for its Hero line of wearable action cameras. GoPro says that there Studio 2.0 software is designed to make it easier than ever to create professional-quality videos from the content captured on your Hero 1, Hero 2 or Hero 3 camera.
The new software features templates that include music, edit points, slow-motion effects an additional features that allow users to create high quality edits of their action footage. Additional features include the ability to trim, edit and mix video clips, add titles, music, audio track, and can even adjust the level of fisheye you wish present in your video.
Additionally users can adjust playback in fast or slow motion, and the software allows users to export still frames from the video in full resolution. The software allows users to create videos from time-lapse photo sequences as well as edit immersive 3-D videos ever created on the company's 3D Hero system. The software supports GoPro, Canon and Nikon constant frame rate H.264 mp4 and .mov formats.
Today, Leica unveiled its new high-end, premium compact camera simply named "C." The camera features a 12-megapixel 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor along with integrated Wi-Fi and NFC. A 3-inch TFT LCD is located on the back of the device for quick viewing of recently taken shots.
While it does have an LCD, Leica had enough forethought to include a viewfinder even though it is itself LCD-based. The C features an equivalent focal length of 28-200mm with an maximum aperture range of f/2.0 to f/5.9. The camera features several autofocus modes, including contrast detect, multi-area, face detection and a Live View mode.
Leica's new C has an ISO range of 80 all the way up to 12,800 and even features an auto mode that will set the ISO based on lighting conditions. The camera is able to shoot in JPEG, RAW, and MPO formats and includes optical image stabilization. The camera can also capture an impressive full HD 1920x1080@60FPS video in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats with Stereo Sound.
Available in "light gold" and "dark red trim," the new camera comes packaged with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and will feature a range of matching accessories including a case, pouch, and wrist strap, which will be available for purchase separately . The Leica C will be available mid-September and will retail for approximately $862 at major camera retailers everywhere.
It looks like basketball is about to get an injection of technology, with the National Basketball Association becoming the first major US sports league to deploy motion-sensing cameras to track its players in action.
This upcoming season will see the tech deployed into all 30 NBA arenas, with a company called Stats coming in and using a six-camera rig. This rig will record data 25 times per second, which will track players' positions, and the basketball itself. Stats will then create reports from the acquired data, where it'll offer in-depth details such as which exact part of the basketball a player touches, the player's speed during a play, and just how close defenders get to other players during a game.
This will see basketball 2.0 arrive, and it should provide fans of NBA many things to discuss and go over, while the game is being played, and even more so after the game is finished.
Today Richo launched a new camera that is able to capture a full 360-degree spherical image. Dubbed the Theta, this new $399 camera features a twin-lens folded optical system that is able to capture the area around, above and below the camera. The device weighs in at just 95 grams making it one of the lightest compact cameras on the market.
The Theta features 4GB of built-in storage which allows it to capture about 1,200 images. The camera is also capable is syncing with smartphones (just iOS at the moment) and can share images via a downloadable app. Richo says that Android support will arrive before the end of the year. Richo has also launched a dedicated website that allows users to upload their photos for quick and easy sharing via Email and social networks.
Today, Fujifilm announced the release of a new "fast" lens for its X-series compact camera system. The new Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R is designed to be ideal for low light shooting, while still retaining an acceptable bokeh background blur many expect from such a low aperture.
Fujifilm says that the lens has been designed to reduce distortion optically rather than digitally and that its seven blade diaphragm creates a smooth bokeh effect. A high-torque DC coreless motor is featured to help provide smooth, quiet, and accurate high-speed autofocusing.
The new Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R weighs in at just 10.6 ounces and has a footprint of just 2.48 inches. The lens features a metal focus ring as well as aperture rings to make it rugged and more durable than the competitors' all plastic models. Fujifilm says that this lens is compatible with any X-mount camera and it will go on sale in October for $900.
A full-length video tease of Sony's upcoming "lens camera" attachments has floated to the surface of the Internet today: Sony's upcoming QX100 and QX10 attachable lenses.
The lens cameras are expected to be unveiled this week, but the video, above, is actually quite impressive. I think the biggest thing to take away from the video is the fact that these lenses are detachable, and can be used while they're not attached to your Sony smartphone. They are also capable of simple one-touch pairing over NFC, and once paired, can act independently of your smartphone, snapping photos away with ease.
Earlier today, an image popped up on the website Dyxum.com that appeared to be the first photo of Sony's upcoming ILC-3000 mirror-less camera. The camera was spotted in the hands of longtime Sony advocate Gustav Kiburg, but the camera actually looks more like an Alpha DSLR than a new NEX model. This leads us to believe that it could be the long rumored A-3000 E-Mount shooter.
The camera in the image above is said to feature a 20-megapixel APS-C sensor with an ISO sensitivity of 16,000 and full 1080p video capabilities. The rumors continue by saying that the camera will be priced at a very reasonable $450. The good thing is that we won't have to wait long to figure out which camera this actually is as Sony is expected to launch the device early tomorrow morning in Europe.