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Lytro pushed the boundaries of still photography with its impressive Light Field camera, but it is now shifting into the world of VR with the world's first professional Light Field solution for cinematic VR with 'Immerge'.
Immerge is a large sphere that has multiple layers mounted on top of a tripod, and inside is a camera - with the entire device powered by a large server on wheels that is capable of both the storage and processing required to capture, and manage data. Software wise, Lytro is providing a Light Field editor that will integrate existing visual effects tools, and the Light Field video playback engine.
Lytro's Light Field video playback engine is capable of working with the likes of the Oculus Rift, Sony's PlayStation VR, HTC Vive and even the HoloLens from Microsoft. The company said that Immerge was built specifically to provide a lifelike presence in VR with "six degrees of freedom". Immerge doesn't just capture images and stitch them together for a VR experience, instead it rebuilds a version of that scene that reacts to the user.
HTC's periscope-like Re Camera launched a year ago at the price point of $200, which put it to head to head with the GoPro, a battle it lost handily.
Now, HTC has put the camera on sale for an impressive $50. As you might expect, this has caused it to sell out (in all colours). We've inquired with HTC as to whether or not stock will be replenished in short order.
The Re Camera features a 146-degree wide-angle lens, a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor, and supports smartphone controls and 1080p, 30fps FHD video.
Update 10/28: HTC has confirmed with us stock will not be replenished for the sale.
Light has just unveiled their latest L16 camera, which features an impressive 16 camera sensors on the front, each capturing 13-megapixel images. When a photo is taken on the Light L16, it comes out as a huge 52-megapixel image.
The L16's 16 separate camera sensors are divided into three groups, which each having a lens of a different focal length. There are five cameras with 35mm effective focal length lenses, five with 70mm modules, and six with 150mm modules. Light then uses some impressive software and stitching tools, which allows the L16 to zoom through an effective range of 35mm to 150mm without any moving parts or adjustable lenses.
It's an impressive feat, considering the camera sensor on each of the 16 cameras being 13 megapixels. With the L16 being a little thicker than a smartphone, and the stitching of photos to make a huge 52-megapixel photo being a huge tick on its side of awesomeness. Another great feature with the Light L16 is that the focus of the photos can be adjusted after the shot has been taken, making it similar to the Lytro camera. But, the L16 is capable of shooting 4K video which is something the Lytro can't do.
How much will this cost? You'll be splashing down $1299 if you pre-order now, but as of November 6 the price of the L16 will shoot up to $1699 before it ships in late summer 2016.
GoPro has launched its Hero+ camera, allowing adventurous types to record their most exciting moments in the first-person perspective, and at a relatively low price.
This model retails for $199.99, making it the second cheapest option of the bunch, just behind the Hero at $129.99. Upgrades over the Hero include 1080p 60FPS capture (instead of 1080p 30FPS), an 8-megapixel camera (instead of 5-megapixel), and the addition of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support (which in turn mean access to the GoPro App and Smart Remote).
60FPS is the way of the future, so for that alone, it's hard not to justify spending the extra $70, nevermind the rest.
Canon has just hit a huge milestone, with its new 250-megapixel APS-H CMOS sensor that has set a new world record for resolution in its size. The new sensor is capable of shooting images at a mindblowing 19,580 x 12,600.
The 250-megapixel sensor is so powerful, that Canon says it can distinguish lettering on the side of a plane from 18km (11 miles) away. The new APS-H sensor is bigger than APS-C, but smaller than full frame, and is "primarily used on Canon's legacy EOS-1D line of DSLRs", reports The Verge.
Canon's new super-powered sensor has a quick signal readout speed of 1.25 billion pixels per second, with the Japanese giant saying that it has good noise performance even with the immense pixel count. Not only can the 250-megapixel camera shoot those insane 19,580 x 12,600 images, but it can also shoot video that is around 30x sharper than 4K, albeit at 5FPS. Canon says that the technology can be used in "specialized surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high-resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment, and the field of visual expression".
So expect the NSA and various spy agencies to begin buying these things in bulk soon.
Some of you may have seen this robot from IDF on our front page, a robot which not only looks like it's smart, but which can image the world around it in real-time in 3D. This ability comes from the RealSense camera, whose output is on the screen in the background. Intel's RealSense Technology offers 3D scanning and imaging with a wide variety of uses.
The technology is already present in many high-end products from manufacturers ranging from Creative to Dell. It uses a 2D camera and an infrared camera and wide range infrared emitter. It uses a specially designed Intel chip to capture and process the 2D image and infrared data about the image to provide depth to images. There are two main versions, the first is a front facing camera used in video conferencing which can omit anything past a certain depth, and the second is a "world-facing" camera which is capable of things such as producing 3D images. You can even have your picture taken and then printed in 3D, but there is even more the camera can do such as real-time tracking of objects and even things as small as fingers. It allows for effective tracking, even enough for proper gaming as was demonstrated.
Here an Intel employee uses a hacked nerf gun and puts himself in the gameplay with RealSense technology. He is able to move through the game and shoot using this custom rigged apparatus. There are many possibilities that 3D depth sensors can give to a game, just look at the X Box Kinect, but pairing one with a high-quality camera can produce many more possibilities. RealSense is not only excellent for putting yourself in the game, but it is also capable of adding objects into the game.
SLICK stabilizer is a motorized GoPro 'steadicam' that aims to provide a waterproof solution to anyone looking at improving their GoPro footage in any capacity.
Available for a donation of $229, the 200 available $179 options sold out in a matter of hours, seeing this product raise over $100,000 in its first day of bidding - already doubling it's $50,000 asking price.
This device will fit to current GoPro mounts and accessories, meaning that users can attach it to themselves, their skateboards, or their cars and more easily and efficiently, whilst providing a better solution for the final cut. Weighing in at 0.66 lbs and with a two hour removable battery, there will be further software updates made available post-release and can be uploaded via a standard micro-USB connection.
GPS manufacturer Garmin has launched the VIRB X and VIRB XE next-generation action cameras, available to consumers in Australia.
The VIRB XE is able to record HD video at 1440p/30fps or 1080p/60fps with super slow motion, image stabilization and various zoom levels. Meanwhile, the VIRB X records HD video at 1080p/30fps and 720p/60fps with slow motion and zoom.
Both cameras are waterproof up to 50 meters without an external case, and has the ability to capture crisp underwater shots. Both units support Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ANT+, G-Metrix, GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope.
GoPro is enjoying a rather exciting 2015 Tour de France, and has provided some unique angles from cameras mounted on a handful of bikes each stage.
The company hopes to one day be able to live-stream footage from riders in the peloton, giving viewers a rare glimpse of race footage.
"I think already we have captured some amazing moments of the race, like the Orica-Greenedge piece," said Todd Ballard, director of lifestyle marketing at GoPro, in a statement to VeloNews. "No one has ever seen that before. Or the Tony Martin win from the perspective of all the other members on the team. For me, I got goosebumps watching it. I haven't ever seen stuff like that and not many other people have either."
Want to take your selfie stick before a concert or major event? You may want to think again... Two major concerts in the United States have banned selfie sticks, including the Coachella festival in April and Lollapalooza in late July-early August.
Ironically, the Coachella "Rules and Policies" says attendees are not welcome to bring "no selfie sticks/narcissistics" welcome inside.
There are more concerts, conferences, and other gatherings with large populations where selfie sticks are banned. It seems most likely they are not allowed because they are an obstruction and occasionally pose safety problems. Anyone attending tech conferences should check the rules before potentially being turned away at the gate.