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Too many times has a video been uploaded to YouTube of a person talking into their smartphone with it in portrait orientation, and way too many selfie videos have been ruined by a propped up smartphone falling to the floor. Canon noticed these issues and decided to take a stand and help bring forth a new era of selfie video production to the world. This morning, the camera making giant announced a new video camera dubbed the Vixia mini.
The Vixia mini features an f/2.8 fisheye lens which offers excellent low-light wide-angle coverage out of the box. This equates to a 160-degree field of view for video, but it can also capture still images at up to 170 degrees, which is said to be close to the 35mm format. The Vixia's 12.8-megapixel CMOS sensor is backed up by Canon's Digic DV4 image processor for lightning fast recording. Capable of full 1080p HD footage at 30 frames per second, the camera is also design to capture full HD stereo sound thanks to a pair of built-in mics. The Vixia mini is available now at major electronic retailers at an MSRP of $300.
Today, Samsung announced that it has integrated Evernote into its Wi-Fi enabled WB250F SMART Camera. This will allow direct syncing to the owner's Evernote account. Evernote access will be available after users download and install a small software update. The company says that those who purchase a new $250 WB250F will receive 3 months of Evernote Premium that will allow users to upload 1GB of data every month instead of the 60MB the standard free account includes.
Unfortunately, users of a free Evernote account will not get to experience the full potential of this service as 60MB a month would be equivalent to fewer than 30 photos every month. Even the Evernote Premium's quota of 1GB seems small to me, but I am the exception as I shoot with a DSLR and take well over 5000 photos every month. Samsung says that the WB250 SMART Camera features a 14.2-megapixel sensor, Wi-Fi Direct, and Direct to Facebook upload access. The camera is also capable of 1080p video capture at 30fps.
According to a report by Sony Alpha Rumors, Sony is getting close to releasing a smartphone accessory that would mount directly onto the device. The accessory in question is a camera attachment that would make use of a large sensor and Carl Zeiss lens. The attachment is quite small and would stuff the sensor, a battery, and storage directly into the lens.
The attachment will make use of NFC or Wi-Fi to transfer the images to the smartphone, allowing users to get super high quality images directly on their smartphone. If Sony manages to cram a great sensor behind a Carl Zeiss lens, budding photographers around the world will likely pick it up in droves to take better Instagram pictures of their food. Or, you know, better pictures of awesome things.
Nikon says it can no longer ignore the smartphone boom, says it needs to change the concept of compact cameras
Nikon is feeling the pain from the slumping point-and-shoot camera market which is being destroyed by the constantly evolving smartphone market. In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Nikon President Makoto Kimura said that in the wake of the "exploding" smartphone market, his company has formed a new imaging team to address the problem.
He went on to say that the new team is tasked with "creating a new product that will change the concept of cameras" as we know them. Kimura expects this new product to come to market within the next 5 years and that it will change the landscape of casual snap shooting. When asked specifically if he was referring to a new Nikon branded smartphone, Kimura declined to comment.
He did however say that the new "secret" project could be a non-camera product, leaving us all to wonder if such an imaging giant like Nikon could possibly consider building a true smartphone. This is a major possibility as Nikons point-and-shoot cameras make up the vast majority of their income.
Samsung have just unveiled their WB110 camera, a 20-megapixel successor to their 2012 model that featured 16 megapixels. The new model includes 26x optical zoom, which is what the successor sported, too.
Samsung includes a 35mm equivalent range of 22.3mm to 580mm. They've also crammed in 720p AVC/H.264 video, 3,200 max ISO, Smart Auto mode which helps with still and movie exposures, a pop-up flash and 3-inch HVGA (480x360) display. It's not going to break your bank, or any records, but it's here and it is ready to go.
Google wants you to go to hard to reach places, wants you to take their 'Trekker' camera backpack on an adventure
Google continue to impress, where they're offering applications to individuals who want to help out with their Google Maps coverage: "If you're a tourism board, non-profit, university, research organization, or other third party who can gain access and help collect imagery of hard to reach places, you can apply to borrow the Trekker and help map the world."
The Trekker sounds like a great idea, especially for those who love to travel and have special places around the world that are hard to access, so that they can personally share them with the world. The Trekker is quite the backpack, which weighs in at a back-breaking 42 pounds. Google have mapped it out in detail:
The Trekker is operated by an Android device and consists of 15 lenses angled in a different direction so the images can be stitched together into 360-degree panoramic views. As the operator walks, photos are taken roughly every 2.5 seconds. Our first collection using this camera technology was taken along the rough, rocky terrain of Arizona's Grand Canyon.
Just as you thought the megapixel race was coming to an end, someone had to go that little bit higher. The Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) is an 870-megapixel beast that was built specifically for Japan's Subaru Telescope which is in Hawaii.
The HSC stands at 8.2m tall, and features 116 separate CCD sensors that are operated at minus 100 degrees Celcius. The HSC includes a huge Wide Field Corrector (WFC) system from Canon, and features seven difference lens elements that help improve the image quality captured by Subaru's main mirror, 16 meters below the telescope itself.
How much does an 870-megapixel weigh? Only 872kg. Mitsubishi have helped out, too, where they built the motor that allows for adjustment as precise as 1-2 microns, or just 1/100th the width of a human hair. All of this work for the HSC helps it take pictures of the sky which will help researchers with dark energy and dark matter research.
Samsung launches Galaxy NX, the world's first interchangeable lens mirrorless camera running Android with 4G connectivity
During this afternoon's Premiere 2013 event in London, Samsung announced the long anticipated Galaxy NX camera. The Galaxy NX is a mirrorless 4/3 camera that features the ability to swap out lenses from Samsung's NX line of cameras. What makes this new photographic offering amazing is the fact that it runs Android 4.2.2.
Myoung Sup Han, Senior Vice President and Head of the Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics:
The GALAXY NX reflects the unique needs of a user who needs to take professional photos and share them immediately in any situation. For those who want to express themselves and the exciting moments that make up their lives quickly, easily and on the go, the GALAXY NX is an ideal choice.
Technology to track fast moving objects is currently being developed by researchers at the University of Tokyo. This new technology promises to revolutionize sports coverage as it is able to quickly track fast moving baseballs, soccer balls, and footballs. Researchers have started field trials to see if it will perform as well outside as it has in the lab. If successful, this technology could be broadcast ready in just two years.
The system uses lenses and mirrors combined with a fast-tracking system to keep the ping-pong ball in focus and centered in the frame. It follows the movement rather than trying to predict it. This same technology could also be used in conjunction with a projector. The projector could, well, project an image onto the item being tracked, potentially turning your ping-pong ball into an emoji.
Samsung will be holding an event on June 20, where they should hopefully announce the Android-based, professional-class camera, the Galaxy NX. Ahead of that, though, is a leak, which we all know and love here at TweakTown.
The mirrorless camera looks beautiful and rocking Android for an internal OS is just going to be awesome, something I'm quite excited to see. Let's talk specs now, shall we? We should expect the Galaxy NX to feature a 20.3-megapixel APS-C sensor, 1080p video recording support, max ISO of 25,600 and either a dual- or quad-core Exynos processor. The 4.3-inch touchscreen on the back should be gorgeous and sports a "high resolution".
We should know more on June 20, and you can check back with us here at TweakTown about it then.