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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."
I've been wondering for a while now, when we'd see Android-powered cameras. After all, we're seeing super-slim phones that have a million and one features on top of being a camera, but Samsung have answered my prayers with the Galaxy Camera.
Samsung's Galaxy Camera is a point-and-shoot digital snapper, sporting an insane quad-core 1.4Ghz processor, 8GB of internal storage expandable by SD card, and best of all, is powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Samsung's Galaxy Camera will have the ability of sharing the taken photos through Wi-Fi and 3G, to social networks, meaning it would be just as useful as a smart device.
Smartphones and tablets may sport 8-megapixel or better cameras, but we know they aren't the same quality as a point-and-shoot digital camera, and no way near the quality of a DSLR. Samsung's Galaxy Camera measures at 2.7 inches by 0.75 inches and weighs in at 10.7 ounces. The guts of it contain a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor capable of ISO settings between 100 and 3,200 that takes data from a 21x optical touch zoom lens.
Sick of the distortions from modern day lens and cameras? Well, researchers clearly were too and have designed a flat lens that doesn't have any distortions. The only thing is that it will probably set you back more than a pretty penny. The new lens is crafted from silicon and gold, not exactly the cheapest elements.
The 60-nanometer thick lens was created by my favorite department at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the physics department. The flat lens "approached the ultimate physical limit set by the laws of diffraction." Federico Capasso, professor of applied physics said "Our flat lens opens up a new type of technology. We're presenting a new way of making lenses. It's extremely exciting."
The lens is created by creating a very thin layer of silicon and then coating that with a nanometer thin layer of gold. This design eliminates the "fish-eye" effect of current wide angle lens and the researchers state that the image doesn't require any sort of complex corrective techniques.
Lead author Francesco Aieta said in a statement "In the future we can potentially replace all the bulk components in the majority of optical systems with just flat surfaces."
If you've ever wanted to get into 4K video, which comes in resolutions of 3840x2160 or 4096x2160, up until now it has been an expensive adventure. Usually you'd grab one of the RED One, Scarlet or Epic cameras, but they're many thousands of dollars, and not really consumer-based hardware.
But, a Canadian company, Point Grey Research Inc. is designing, researching and manufacturing the 4K-capable Flea3 webcam all in Canada. The camera is poised to become the next-generation of technology in surveillance, while providing some insane levels of details for those who need it in a security setting.
Flea3 is one of the world's first USB 3.0-based webcam, capable of delivering 1920x1080 at up to 150 frames per second, or 4096x2160 at up to 21 frames per second. Flea3 sports Sony's Emor R (IMX121) 8.8 million CMOS sensor, and captures 4K video, and not just a megapixel-riden gimmick of a number. For a sub-$1000 4K camera, this definitely looks like the goods. You'd want to have a 4K-capable screen to go with it, though.