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The geeks over at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have been fiddling around again. When this happens, cool stuff usually results. This time, they have provided us with a camera that can see around corners. Somehow the new camera is able to make sense of the reflections of scattered light.
The incredible specs of the camera allow it to take a picture every 2 picoseconds. One picosecond is equal to one-trillionth of a regular second. This allows the camera to track the distance traveled by a photon with extreme precision. Once they have collected this data, they use a complex algorithm to begin figuring out what's around the corner.
Samsung have developed a new camera sensor technology that captures both image and depth simultaneously. This new technology could be baked into smartphones and other devices with built-in cameras, where it could give Kinect-like gesture hand control.
This would lead to the obvious functions someone could use with this technology, without having to touch the screen whatsoever. The new technology reportedly uses a CMOS sensor, with red, blue and green pixels, combined with an additional z-pixel for capturing depth.
The new Samsung technology captures images at 1920x720 resolution using its traditional RGB array, but it can also capture a depth image at a resolution of 480x360 with the z-pixel. It achieves its depth capabilities by a special process where the z-pixel is located beneath the RGB pixel array. Samsung have then placed a special barrier between the RGB and z pixels, allowing the light they capture to give the effect that the z-pixel is three times its actual size.
Our Deal of the Day is Toshiba CAMILEO BW10 1080p Waterproof Camcorder for $59.99 plus $5 Shipping!
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CES 2012: Cameras are finally catching up with smartphones and their ability to upload pictures through WiFi instead of yanking out the memory card, or plugging it into a computer. Kodak have introduced the Easyshare Wireless Camera M750, sporting a 16-megapixel camera and built-in Wi-Fi sharing.
Through the Wi-Fi sharing, you can upload images through Facebook, e-mail, Kodak Gallery and more, anytime, anywhere. You can also share the pictures through compatible smartphone, tablet or other connected devices such as Android, Apple or BlackBerry-based products with the Kodak Easyshare Camera App.
Kodak's camera sports 16-megapixel stills, and HD videos, powered by Kodak's Retinar HD 6x wide optical zoom (26mm). You can review and edit video directly from the camera on its 3.0-inch touchscreen. At 16-megapixels, the Easyshare M750 can take shots at an insane 4624x3472, but as usual, it's not all about "the megapixels! the number is higher, zomg!", but I'm sure this camera will suite most people as a good point-and-shoot camera.
It includes just 18MB of internal storage and includes a SD/SDHC slot for your storage needs.
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Panasonic has made a couple announcements today with two new Lumix series cameras - the DMC-GX1 Micro Four Thirds and DMC-3D1.
Beginning with the former, the GX1 sports a Venus Engine image processor with a 16.01MP Live MOS sensor and a sensitivity of up to ISO 12800. It includes a Contrast AF focus system with 0.09 second (Light Speed AF) autofocus and the use of a dust reduction system, as well as One Push AE and the iA and iA Plus modes for automatic shots.
The LCD on the new GX1 is touch-enabled, being 3-inch (460,000-dot) in size. The camera is capable of recording video at up to 1080/60i and will come in two colour options - black and silver. There will also be two differing kits on offer from Panasonic for this model, the DMC-GX1-K which comes with the 14-42 standard zoom (priced at $800) and the DMC-GX1-X which has the Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S (H-PS14042) lens (at $950).
Toshiba has given its Camileo family of camcorders a refreshment this week with three new additions which all provide Full HD (1920 x 1080) video recording and sport 3-inch swivel-style LCD touchscreens.
Two of the three new models, the X416 and X400 are scheduled for arrival on October 10th, while the X200 should be available in stores as you read this. The first two (X416 and X400) give 23x optical zoom and 120X digital zoom, using a 5-Megapixel BSI (Backside Illuminated) CMOS sensor which is capable of 16MP stills. They both have SD/SDHC/SDXC memory slots and feature Electronic Image Stabilization and a built-in stereo microphone.
Where the X416 and X400 differ is in the internal storage side of things, with the X416 housing a 16GB SSD and the X400 not having internal storage.
Canon has hit up the point-and-shoot market with a couple new additions today in the PowerShot S100 and SX40 HS, both of which use the DIGIC 5 image processor, promising excellent low-light performance and faster speeds.
The PowerShot SX40 HS sports a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor with an ISO sensitivity of up to ISO 3200. It boasts a 35x optical zoom and includes Intelligent IS (Image Stabilization) and includes a 2.7-inch sized vari-angle LCD.
As for the PowerShot S100, this one also has a 12.1MP CMOS sensor with ISO 6400 sensitivity, GPS, 5x optical zoom and a 3-inch sized LCD. Both the S100 and SX40 HS are capable of Full HD (1920 x 1080) video recording.
Pricing and availability wise, both cameras will set you back $430 US. The PowerShot SX40 HS is scheduled for release later this month, while the S100 is slated for an early November release.
Looking for a new point-and-shoot camera that can outshine the competition? Pentex's new Opti RZ18 certainly does that in at least one respect. This 16 megapixel offering is capable of a super impressive 18x optical zoom, leaps and bounds ahead when factoring in its compact stature.
The Optio RZ18 comes in three color choices; black, pearl white and metallic orange. Features wise, apart from the real standout superzooming ability, it has multiple Shake Reduction (SR) image stabilization options, 9-point autofocus, face detection, a range of special effects filters, a 3-inch LCD (with 480x320 res) and can also record video in 720p at 30FPS.
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