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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.
Earlier today, Nikon released two new CoolPix compact cameras to add to their impressive lineup of point-and-shoot digital cameras. Up first is the CoolPix S6600, which features a vari-angle screen that allows users to view the screen, even at extremely awkward angles. The company has included gesture control, which makes taking self-portraits easier than ever.
The CoolPix S6600 also features a 16-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor and 12x optical zoom. Full 1080p HD recording is also available as is on-board Wi-Fi. Up next is the L620, which features an 18-megapixel CMOS BSI sensor and a 14x Optical Zoom lens. Additionally, the L620 is AA compatible and will also record full HD video. Nikon says that the S6600 and L620 will retail for $305 each and will hit store shelves early next month.
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.