Cameras, Printers & Scanners News - Page 1
If you're a Nest camera owner, then Google's new update is a big one for you in terms of convenience when it comes to checking out your cameras easily.
Google is pushing out an update that will let you live stream your Nest Cam and Doorbell devices to Chromecast with Google TV, where once the update is on your device, you'll be able to use your Chromecast Voice Remote or another Assistant-capable device to check out one of your cameras.
You'll be able to say something like "Hey Google, show me the front door camera on my TV" which I must say, is pretty damn awesome. Google says that the update is rolling out "starting this week" so it shouldn't be too far away, and for desktop users we should see the Google Next team unleashing a desktop web portal later this year.
Twitter would be a real mess to work at right now, as the social networking giant was spun into a whirlwind when the news broke that Elon Musk was acquiring the company. But now... now Twitter's Senior Engineer told an undercover journalist that "Twitter does not believe in free speech". Check it out:
Not only that, but Twitter Senior Engineer Siru Murugesan said: "Twitter does not believe in free speech" to which the Project Veritas undercover journalist said: "What do you mean". Murugesan replied, saying "Elon believes in free speech. He's a capitalist and we weren't really operating like capitalists, more like very socialist".
The Senior Engineer of Twitter added: "like we're all like commie as f**k"
He continued: "Ideologically, it does not make sense like, because we're actually censoring the right, and not the left. So, everyone on the right wind will be like, 'bro, it's okay to say it, just gotta tolerate it'. The left will be like, "no, I'm not gonna tolerate it. I need it censored or else I'm not gonna be on the platform".
The possibilities are endless with micro-cameras as they could be used for health purposes such as detecting problems within the human body, or being outfitted to robots that have severe size and weight requirements.
However, the technology has quite made it there yet as previous creations of nano or micro cameras haven't been able to produce high-quality images with accurate color. Now, researchers from Princeton and the University of Washington have overcome some of those previous hurdles with a new micro-camera that is about the size of a grain of salt.
Instead of using curved glass as a typical camera would, the tiny camera uses what is called a "metasurface", which is about half a millimeter wide and is covered in cylindrical posts that are about the same size as the virus HIV. All of these posts seen on the metasurface serve as an optical antenna, and when partnered with machine learning algorithms, the camera is able to produce an image that far exceeds previous creations in its category.
Canon this week introduced an innovative new camera lens that combines two fisheye lenses into one housing. The new VR lens allows videographers to shoot stereoscopic 3D video with a single Canon R5 mirrorless camera.
Virtual reality headsets have been around for over six years now, but VR video has yet to catch on. Part of the problem is the challenge in producing valuable VR content. A few years ago, Google launched the VR180 platform, which made consumer-grade stereoscopic cameras with a 180-degree field of view. Professional videographers currently rely on niche products like Insta360's Pro 2 stereoscopic 360-camera or use two cameras mounted together in an elaborate rig.
Canon's new RF5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye lens will allow professional crews to drop the dual-camera rig and skip the complicated calibration process. This lens is the first product from Canon's new EOS VR System, which incorporates lenses and software to give content creators a full set of tools for VR video creation.
GoPro has just unleashed its new Hero 10 camera and like every other GoPro action camera, there's upgrades across the board that make this one the very best yet.
The new GoPro Hero 10 action camera has a beefed-up image sensor and faster processor, allowing for some pretty crazy 5.3K 60FPS and 4K 120FPS recordings. The UI is faster, the Hero 10 starts up faster (great for on/off between use) as well as higher-resolution still photos, and so much more.
Another big upgrade for the Hero 10 is that GoPro is using their new GP2 processor, the first processor upgrade in 4 years with the now old Hero 6 camera. That is part of where the 5.3K 60FPS and 4K 120FPS abilities come from, but you can snap 1080p at 270FPS if you live and breath frames.
Cameras are very complex pieces of technology, especially when you are talking about the ones on the higher-end or the ones that are used to shoot Hollywood blockbuster films.
While all of the cameras in all of the aforementioned categories are impressive in their own regard, researchers have created a new type of camera that blows all of them out of the water in terms of frames-per-second. Back in 2013, MIT researchers developed a camera that can photograph a trillion frames per second and demonstrated that they were able to watch how light moves throughout the air.
In the above video, you will be able to see packets of photons are being shot at a bottle. What is impressive about this is that the packets of photons are traveling at 600-million-miles-per-hour, or about a billionth of a second (from the light entering the bottle to hitting the other end). If you are interested in reading more about this camera, check out this link here.
Slow motion can truly be mesmerizing, and an example of that statement being true is the most recent video released by The Slow Mo Guys.
For those that don't know, The Slow Mo Guys are a very popular YouTube channel that is dedicated to recording things in slow motion. The guys behind the camera have created hundreds of videos of all different types of objects being recorded in slow motion. Some of the most popular videos on the channel are a water balloon popping in slow motion, and how a TV works.
The most recent video released on the channel pits a spark plug from a car against a car window. In this video the guys behind the camera explain that they have been waiting for the new Phantom camera to be released to shoot a video in an astonishing 800,000 frames-per-second (FPS). Additionally, the video description reveals that 800,000 FPS video of the window breaking is their slowest video they have ever recorded.
Sony has just announced its flagship Alpha 1 camera, which the company proudly says is "the most technologically advanced, innovative camera".
Sony's new Alpha 1 camera rocks a new 50.1-megapixel full-frame sensor, and can shoot 8K 30FPS and even 4K 120FPS videos all day long. If you want to shoot fast-moving objects like sports and action photographers, the 50.1-megapixel sensor lets Alpha 1 owners shoot "up to 155 full-frame compressed RAW images or 165 full-frame JPEG images at up to 30 frames per second with the electronic shutter while maintaining full AF and AE tracking performance".
The new Sony Alpha 1 camera features a high-resolution OLED electronic viewfinder with a refresh rate of 240Hz, pretty baller for a mirrorless camera. Sony claims this is a world first, and it is a big one. There's some next level Eye AF that focuses perfectly on people, pets and birds.
Canon launched its own CE-SAT-1 satellite into space, packing onto it a modified Canon 5D Mark III DSLR camera on it, and is now letting people take photos with it.
The company has opened up an interactive website where you can take control of its CE-SAT-1 satellite and snap simulated photos of locations like New York City for example. The website will let you snap photos of multiple places, showing you the location and altitude of the image.
It will use pre-captured imagery, which means you aren't actually taking live photos from space -- so I don't really get what Canon is trying to show us here. Canon is, I guess, trying to illustrate to us what the satellite can do and what time of image quality it is capable of capturing.
You can check out the website here.
Sony teased its Airpeak last year, but now the company has just fully unveiled its first-ever drone at the all-virtual CES 2021 this week. Check out Sony's new Airpeak drone:
The new Airpeak is the smallest drone that is capable of mounting a full DSLR camera, with Sony saying that its Airpeak is "capable of dynamic filming and precise, stable flight" with the heavy DSLR camera attached. Sony isn't aiming at casual users with Airpeak, but more so professionals.
Sony President and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida explained that its new Airpeak drone infuses both AI and robotics, which "enables video creators to explore new frontiers for visual expression". Sony adds that it already has a huge array of cameras ready for Airpeak, adding that with "Sony's Alpha camera, stable dynamic remote shooting is possible".