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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.
Next month, Canon will release its PowerShot N compact camera that was first spotted at CES earlier this year. Since then, one major change has been made to device in the form of a button that allows quick and easy photo sharing on the giant social network we all know and love called Facebook. And while that is a pretty awesome feature, let's not overlook the camera's overall small form-factor design.
Coming in at not much wider than its lens assembly, the Canon PowerShot N features a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor that is backed up by Canon's proprietary DIGIC 5 imaging processor. The compact camera is able to record 1080p video at 30 frames per second and features a 2.8-inch tiltable touchscreen that will assist you in composing that perfect shot.
The camera features a creative shot mode that will generate five artistic photos from each shot that is taken. Another 58 scenes under the smart auto mode allows users to customize their digital captures. The camera will be only available from Canon Direct and will retail at a price point of $300.
Garmin has just introduced a new sports sensory to its lineup in the form of a rugged action camera dubbed the VIRB. The device is designed to capture high definition video during intense action-packed activities such as kayaking, skydiving, mountain biking, skateboarding, or dirt biking.
The VIRB features an IPX-7 waterproof rating, which allows it to be submerged in water up to 3 feet deep for about 30 minutes without the possibility of leakage. The HD video camera is capable of recording 1080p video and features digital image stabilization. The ability to take 16-megapixel still images is present and does not interrupt video recording. The device is said to have up to three hours of recording time, even with its always-on 1.4-inch color display.
The Garmin VIRB is being offered in two different models, with the more expensive VIRB Elite featuring built-in Wi-Fi and GPS tracking for $399. The base-model VIRB will run you $299 and while it does not feature integrated GPS or Wi-Fi, it has a built-in interlink that allows you to connect it to Garmin GPS devices. As an avid kayaker and outdoor adventurer, I cannot wait to get my hands on a VIRB Elite!
Today, new images surfaced online of Sony's newly rumored QX10 and QX100 Lens-Cameras. These new lenses with built-in electronics are designed to pair up with your smartphone to become the device's main imaging source . If true, these new Lens-Cameras are something truly innovative and could possibly be Sony's camera division's saving grace.
The Lens-Cameras pair up with your smartphone via Wi-Fi or NFC and feature a built-in SD card slot. They feature no LCD screen and no usual camera controls, with the exception of a zoom button, as they are designed to function completely through your phone's camera interface. The rumors state that the new Lens-Cameras are compatible with both Android and iOS and would allow any device to take high-quality compact camera style images.
This week, Nikon introduced a new wide-angle zoom lens for its DSLRs that feature APS-C sensors--the DX Series. The focal length is between 18mm and 140mm and the company says that it has been designed to be a versatile all-around shooter.
The new 18-140mm lens features Nikon vibration reduction technology, with Nikon promising that photographers are now able to shoot in low light with a shutter speed up to four stops slower and still keep images blur free. The new lens features 17 elements in 12 groups with one extra-low dispersion element and a single aspherical lens element that delivers excellent resolution and contrast while reducing aberration and color dissection.
The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR retails at an MSRP of $890 and will begin to hit store shelves at the end of this month.
Casio announced today the launch of a new compact digital camera to its lineup. The new EX-ZR800 is an Exilim engine based model that features five-axis image stabilization, continuous shooting, and an ISO sensitivity of 25,600. The camera is also capable of composing high dynamic range (HDR) shots within the built-in software. Additionally, the camera features a 16-megapixel sensor and 18x zoom.
Video capabilities include 1080p at 30 frames per second, which is encoded in h.264, and a zoom range of 25mm to 450mm ensures that you will always get the perfectly framed shot. Casio says that the EX-ZR800 will launch in Japan on August 3 in red, white, or black and will retail for about $410. It is still unclear when the device will land in Europe or the US, but we do know that it is coming.