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Blackmagic's new URSA Cine 12K camera shoots 12K video at 90FPS for $15,000

Anthony Garreffa | Apr 13, 2024 4:47 AM CDT

Blackmagic showed off some new cameras at the 2024 NAB Show in Las Vegas, including the new Blackmagic URSA Cine 12 K, which was designed from the ground up as its new high-end digital camera. It costs $15,000.

Blackmagic's new URSA Cine 12K camera shoots 12K video at 90FPS for $15,000

The new Blackmagic URSA Cine 12K has a wide variety of inputs and outputs, including 10GbE ethernet and dual M.2 SSD slots for some super-fast, massive SSDs to handle the 4K, 6K, 8K, and 12K video you can capture with it. The company has a bunch of new design tweaks on the URSA Cine 12K, with all configurations on the camera done through locking nuts, making it easy to put it on a tripod, slider, or go handheld shooting 12K video.

Inside, Blackmagic built a completely new 12K 35mm large-format sensor for the URSA Cine 12K camera, supporting five different 12K formats. The 12K resolution itself is an eye-popping 12,288 x 6912 for the 16:9 aspect ratio, up from the 8192 x 4608 capable of 8K full frame with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Impressive stuff.

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Elgato's new Facecam MK.2 adds new features and lowers the price of the popular 1080p60 webcam

Kosta Andreadis | Mar 28, 2024 10:04 PM CDT

Elgato has announced the arrival of the new and improved Facecam MK.2, which brings more features and capabilities to the popular 1080p60 webcam while dropping the MSRP from $199 USD to $149 USD compared to the original.

Elgato's new Facecam MK.2 adds new features and lowers the price of the popular 1080p60 webcam

On the physical side, the Facecam MK.2 is slimmer than the original, thanks to a new low-profile design. Elgato finally added a privacy shutter, too, which was missing in the 2021 original. The good stuff comes with the new image processing, which delivers better out-of-the-box color accuracy, improved low-light performance, and the ability to record 1080p60 HDR video.

The Facecam MK.2 is also fully supported by Elgato Camera Hub, which offers in-depth controls over all camera aspects, from zoom to FOV to aperture and exposure settings. Camera Hub also integrates NVIDIA's AI-powered RTX Broadcast features and tools, bringing everything together in one handy spot.

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Scientists create camera that can take 156 trillion frames per second

Jak Connor | Mar 27, 2024 1:47 AM CDT

The more frames per second, the more a viewer can see, but what if the frames per second reached the trillions? How slow can slow motion actually be?

Scientists create camera that can take 156 trillion frames per second

A team of researchers has decided to answer that question by creating a new scientific camera called SCARF, which stands for Swept-Coded Aperture Real-time Femtophotography. The creation of this camera has been detailed in a new study published in the esteemed scientific journal Nature, where research led by Professor Jinyang Liang of Canada's Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), who is known for breakthroughs in high-speed cameras, explained that traditional frame-by-frame capturing techniques has its limitations.

"For example, phenomena such as femtosecond laser ablation, shock-wave interaction with living cells, and optical chaos cannot be studied this way," Liang said.

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Logitech's new MX Brio is a new 4K capable webcam priced at $200

Kosta Andreadis | Mar 10, 2024 11:01 PM CDT

Available this month, Logitech's new MX Brio webcam is the company's 'most advanced webcam yet.' The MX branding signifies that it is part of its Master Series peripheral line-up, and it's powered by the 8.5MP Sony STARVIS image sensor offering 4K 30 FPS and 1080p 60 FPS video. With 70 percent larger pixels than Logitech's previous Brio 4K webcam, image quality and sharpness get a big boost.

Logitech's new MX Brio is a new 4K capable webcam priced at $200

As a new product released in 2024, you can be sure there's AI action under the hood. Logitech notes that the MX Brio features AI face-based image enhancements to improve face visibility and image detail in various lighting conditions. On top of this, there's detailed software support for manual control of exposure and camera settings via Logi Options+, Logi Tune, and G HUB.

Designed as a solution for creators and professionals in the modern hybrid working environment, the compact Logitech MX Brio also includes beamforming microphones, tilt abilities, and a built-in privacy shutter.

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GoPro HERO12 Black to rock 27MP camera with 5.3K 60FPS 10-bit video support

Jak Connor | Aug 20, 2023 1:01 AM CDT

A new report from Winfuture details GoPro's upcoming HERO12 Black and the incredible specifications the new flagship action camera is equipped with.

GoPro HERO12 Black to rock 27MP camera with 5.3K 60FPS 10-bit video support

The report claims the HERO12 Black will launch with a 1-inch sensor that is able to reach 27MP, along with insane video recording capabilities such as support for a 5.3K resolution at 60FPS. Additionally, the HERO12 Black will come with HyperSmooth 6.0, a technology designed to deliver buttery smooth image stabilization throughout video recording.

As for the device itself, the report states the HERO12 will come with two displays, the main display is located at the back of the action camera and measures 2.27 x 1.4 inches diagonally, and a smaller second display is on the front. While the shooting specifications are certainly impressive, the report states the biggest improvements are in the battery department. The HERO12 black will come with a 1720mAh battery that can be swapped out for an even larger battery to increase the overall runtime of the action camera.

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This new 3D printer is a chocoholic's dream

Darren Allan | Mar 6, 2023 9:31 AM CST

The Cocoa Press is a 3D printer with a distinct difference - it produces models made from chocolate so that you can sculpt all kinds of weird and wonderful edible forms of the stuff.

This new 3D printer is a chocoholic's dream

This 3D Printer was created by Ellie Weinstein and is readying for pre-orders next month (on April 17th).

The idea is you can fashion chocolates in all sorts of nifty shapes with different textures, the kind of chocs that you'd usually only get at high-end places (chocolatiers) and for a stupidly pricey outlay, probably.

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You can now livestream your Nest camera to Chromecast with Google TV

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 28, 2022 8:24 PM CDT

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.

You can now livestream your Nest camera to Chromecast with Google TV

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.

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Twitter's Senior Engineer says Twitter staff are 'commie as f**k'

Anthony Garreffa | May 16, 2022 9:28 PM CDT

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:

Twitter's Senior Engineer says Twitter staff are 'commie as f**k'

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"

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Scientists shrunk a working camera to the size of a grain of salt

Jak Connor | Nov 30, 2021 1:33 AM CST

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.

Scientists shrunk a working camera to the size of a grain of salt

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.

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This $2,000 Canon lens will let you shoot high-quality VR video

Kevin Carbotte | Oct 7, 2021 7:17 PM CDT

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.

This $2,000 Canon lens will let you shoot high-quality VR video

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.

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