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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.
This morning Samsung released the long anticipated Galaxy S4 Zoom, a true crossover between a smartphone and point and shoot camera. The phone features a 10x optical zoom lens that sits over a 16-megapixel CMOS Sensor and even packs a real Xenon flash for best in class low light performance.
This newest edition to the Galaxy S4 line features a Super AMOLED 4.3-inch qHD display with a resolution of 960x540, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The device supports LTE and has the usual compliments of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Samsung apps, but the S4 Zoom is twice as thick as the original Galaxy S4 and weighs in at a whopping 208 grams.
On the camera side the S4 Zoom features an aperture range of f/3.1 to f/6.3 and has a maximum ISO of 3200 which should help in low light situations. Other than that, and the zoom being 10x shorter, the Galaxy S4 Zoom is photographically on par with last year's model.
At first we thought we would see Samsung launch the Galaxy S4 Mini at its upcoming London press event, but that ship has sailed. We also thought that we might see a new Galaxy Tablet lineup or the Active and Zoom being released, and while they were, Samsung did not wait for the London "Premiere" event to announce them.
With the event drawing closer every day, analyst are scrambling to figure out what might be unveiled and right now anyone's guess is good as another. This morning VR Zone is reporting that the next candidate in line has to be the new Mirrorless Galaxy Camera 2. This actually makes sense as rumors of the camera's existence have been floating around for months.
Not much is known about the Galaxy Camera 2, but we do know that a 20.9-megapixel sensor, along with a quad-core Exynos processor and 1GB of RAM are the most likely possibilities for the new camera. The device will also feature 8GB of internal storage with an SD card slot for those who feel 8GB is just not enough. Finally the GCam 2 will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and will boast a 4.8-inch 720p screen.
Camera+ managed to get one of each of the previous iPhones and take the same picture with each. The resulting images were lined up side-by-side to show the progression of the iPhone's camera abilities. The original iPhone and iPhone 3G are massively behind what the iPhone 5 is capable of. Look for yourself:
As you can see, the iPhone experienced several jumps in ability, thought the largest jump has to be from the 3G to the 3GS. Even still, Apple has continually made the camera better every iteration. With the iPhone 5S, Apple will likely again increase the camera's capabilities.
It's amazing to consider what the iPhone camera is capable of. Especially impressive is how far the camera is come in just six years. It's starting to approach the same quality of image produced by DSLRs, though it still has a bit to go. What are your thoughts on the progress of the iPhone camera?
Samsung has submitted a new camera to the Bluetooth SIG group for Bluetooth 4.0 certification. Allegedly called the Galaxy S4 Zoom, it appears to be a new "smart-camera", like the previously released Galaxy Camera.
While it is listed on the Bluetooth SIG website as a "Samsung Mobile Phone", the 3G capable smart-camera focuses more on getting a good shot than making a phone call. Featuring 10x optical zoom and an imaging sensor of unknown size, it also includes a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED touchscreen display.
Samsung has also packed in 8GB of internal storage and support for a micro-SD card. Despite all of the information that has been released, any images of the device have yet to surface, and there is also no information on what processor is used for image handling. If you believe the rumor mill, we should see an official launch in June.
This morning Samsung has shown off a new compact so-called Smart Camera that features a removable lens and touchscreen display. The new NX2000 is essentially a touchscreen version of the NX3000, which was shown off earlier this year.
Featuring a 20.3 megapixel APC-C CMOS sensor, a 3.7-inch touchscreen display and an ISO range of 100-25600, the NX2000 is capable of shutter speeds up to 1/4000th of a second. Video capabilities include 2D and 3D capture at a full 1080p resolution. Samsung says that the NX2000 will be able to use the full line of Samsung NX lenses.
NFC connectivity as well as built-in WiFi and the option to control the camera through Samsung's Smart Camera app for iOS and Android are also included. Samsung has went the extra mile and is bundling Adobe Photoshop Lightroom with the NX2000, saving aspiring photographers about $80 in software.
Shutterfly announced this morning that it has bought photobook software developer MyPublisher for an undisclosed amount. MyPublisher has been developing photobook making software for the past 18 years and is considered one of the leading innovators in the field.
In an interview with TheNextWeb, Shutterfly CEO Jeffrey Housenbold said:
"Shutterfly photo books continue to delight customers, bringing more consumers online to tell their stories and connect with friends and family in creative ways.
By combining MyPublisher's best in class software client with Shutterfly's industry leading cloud based platform, we will continue to drive growth and set the standard for design, choice and quality in the personal publishing and social expression category."