Category: Digital

Friday, July 12, 2013

China Develops 100-Megapixel Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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The Institute of Optics and Electronics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences has developed a camera with a 100-megapixel square-format sensor. Apparently, the IOE3-Kanban is not designed to compete with high-resolution medium-format digital backs such as the Leaf Credo 80 or the Phase One IQ280 - its main areas of use include areial photography, disaster monitoring and high-dynamic-range imaging. The device, which takes 10240x10240-pixel photographs, can be used in temperatures ranging from -20 °C to +55 °C.

Friday, June 21, 2013

1.3-billion-pixel Photo of Mars

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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NASA has taken a 1.3-billion-pixel image of the Mars landscape using technology from GigaPan. The 1.3-billion-pixel image was stitched together from nearly 900 individual images. The image highlights the site where Curiosity collected its first scoops of sand at a windblown patch called “Rocksnest,” and extends to Mount Sharp on the horizon.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Fujfilm, Panasonic Co-develop Organic CMOS Sensor

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Fujifilm and Panasonic have developed a new organic CMOS image sensor technology that promises better dynamic range and higher light sensitivity. The new technology uses an organic photoelectric conversion layer with a photoelectric conversion property at the light receiving section of an image sensor to achieve performance beyond that of conventional image sensors. The transistors and metal interconnects in each pixel, fabricated using Panasonic's semiconductor device technology, are coated with a photoelectric conversion layer developed using Fujifilm's organic material technology. This boosts sensor sensitivity by 1.2 times compared to conventional sensors to deliver clean images even in low light. The thin film, achieved with the organic CMOS image sensor technology, has enabled the expansion of the range of incident angles to 60 degrees, efficiently utilizing light entering at an angle for faithful color reproduction with no colour mixing. The improved signal saturation value, combined with a newly developed noise-cancelling circuit, has resulted in what the two companies call "the industry's highest dynamic range," preventing highlight clipping in bright scenes.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Leica Opens ‘Mini M Box’ Further

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Once again, Leica has revealed a little more about the upcoming Leica Mini M via its Facebook fan page. If the teaser graphic is anything to go by, the Leica Mini M will not have an integrated eye-level viewfinder, but it may have some traditional controls. (Of course there is still a possibility that the actual product will look entirely different - as you can see in the picture above, there is a speech balloon with the text, "Heard the rumours? Get the truth: Leica Stores - June 11th.")

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Canon EOS 101 Tutorial Video Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Canon U.S.A. has launched a new tutorial video series that will show photographers how to improve their photographic skills. The Canon EOS 101 tutorial video series, available 24/7 on the Canon Digital Learning Center and Canon’s YouTube channel, provides entry-level Canon EOS users, photography students and anyone new to using a digital SLR camera the guidance needed to help enhance their imaging skills. You can access the Canon Digital Learning Center via the link below.

Leica M Monochrom Firmware Update 1.002

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Leica Camera has issued a firmware update for the Leica M Monochrom digital rangefinder camera. Version 1.002 improves operational stability when the camera is connected to a computer via USB, corrects mistakes in the French and Italian menus, and fixes a bug related to the 'discreet' mode. Users wishing to take advantage of the new, improved features can now download firmware update 1.002 from the ‘DOWNLOADS’ section of the Service page on the Leica Camera website.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Leica Mini M Teaser Campaign Continues

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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By way of its Facebook fan page, Leica has revealed a little more about the upcoming Leica Mini M. The new teaser graphic shows a camera that's bigger than the existing Leica X2 (a.k.a. 'Micro M') but smaller than the Leica M, as you would expect based on the 'Mini M' designation. Although the image reveals little more, it now seems certain that the Leica Mini M will not have a body-integral optical viewfinder. The official launch date is 11th June.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Leica Mini M on June 11th

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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The Leica Mini M camera is set to be unveiled on June 11th 2013. In an announcement on its Facebook page, Leica have released a teaser graphic positioning the new Mini M in-between the Leica M and the X2 "Micro M" and Leica D-LUX 6 "Nano M" compact cameras, strongly hinting at a new model that's aimed firmly at professional users, and one that's presumably more affordable than the flagship M digital rangefinder. There's no picture of the Leica Mini M just yet, only a Leica branded box in its place, and details are scarce too, but you can sign-up for the Leica newsletter using the link below to be among the frst to hear all about the intriguing new Leica Mini M.

Meet the new Leica family member on the 11th of June. Be the first to know more: http://bit.ly/MeetMiniM 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mamiya Leaf Credo WS 80 & Credo WS 60 Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Mamiya Leaf's new Credo WS 80 and Credo WS 60 medium-format digital backs are now available. The WS (Wide Spectrum) backs are based on the manufacturer's Credo 60 and 80 products but their infrared light blocking filter has been replaced with a custom glass filter and the sensor's position has been adjusted. This extends the captured spectrum of the back, enabling recording of Near IR images (~700nm). The new backs are available in Mamiya AFD/ DF/ DF+ and V (Universal) mounts.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Leica M Firmware Update 1.1.0.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Leica has posted a firmware update for the Leica M (Typ 240) digital rangefinder camera. Version 1.1.0.2 adds vignetting correction for the following lenses: Leica Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21mm/f4 ASPH, Super-Elmar-M18mm/f3.8 ASPH, Summilux-M 21mm/f1.4 ASPH, Super-Elmar-M 21mm/f3.4 ASPH, Summilux-M 24mm/f1.4 ASPH, Elmarit-M 24mm/f2.8 ASPH, Elmar-M 24mm/f3.8 ASPH, Summicron-M 28mm/f2.0 ASPH, Elmarit-M 28mm/f2.8 ASPH, Summilux-M 35mm/f1.4 ASPH and Summicron-M 35mm/f2.0 ASPH. You can download the Leica M firmware update from the website below.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Canon 35mm Full-Frame CMOS Sensor for Low-light Video

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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Canon have developed a new 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor specifically for video recording. The new Canon 35mm CMOS sensor enables the capture of Full HD video even in exceptionally low-light environments. The newly developed CMOS sensor features pixels measuring 19 microns square in size, which is more than 7.5-times the surface area of the pixels on the CMOS sensor incorporated in Canon’s top-of-the-line EOS-1D X DSLR.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Phase One IQ280, IQ260 & IQ260 Achromatic

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Phase One today announced the Phase One IQ2 series: three new 645 format digital camera backs with high-speed wireless connectivity and a claimed 13 f-stops of dynamic range. The Phase One IQ280 enables remote image capture and viewing of its huge 80-megapixel images on an iPad running Phase One’s Capture Pilot App. The 60-megapixel Phase One IQ260 is an extremely versatile back with exposure ranges from 1/10000s to one hour and virtually noise-free images. The 60-megapixel sensor at the heart of the IQ260 is a unique 645 format imager found only in this digital back, offering the widest exposure range opportunities on the market, the company says. Finally, the Phase One IQ260 Achromatic is a dedicated image capture device designed to deliver the highest-quality pure black and white images with no Bayer interpolation involved. Availability of the new IQ2 backs is slated for June, with prices starting at €29,990/$39,990. You can sign up for a “test drive” at the website below.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Rambus Binary Pixel Technology Improves Dynamic Range, Low-Light Performance

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital
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Rambus has unveiled a new “binary pixel technology” that promises to “dramatically improve” the quality of photos taken with mobile devices, in terms of dynamic range and signal-to-noise ratio. “Today’s compact mainstream sensors are only able to capture a fraction of what the human eye can see,” said Dr. Martin Scott, chief technology officer at Rambus. “Our breakthrough binary pixel technology enables a tremendous performance improvement for compact imagers capable of ultra high-quality photos and videos from mobile devices.” You can read more about the technology at the website below.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

StyleShoots

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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StyleShoots is an iPad controlled all-in-one photo studio that shoots, cuts out and exports product images in thirty seconds. The iPad displays a live view of what you lay on the table section of StyleShoots. When you are happy with how the products are styled on the table, you simply press the button and let the integrated system do the rest. StyleShoots takes two images, one with 4000 LED lights on and one without. The two images are then automatically morphed together to produce a sharp, high-quality product shot. The StyleShoots all-in-one photo studio comes complete with an integrated Mac mini, Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera with an EF 24-105mm lens and an Apple iPad, and is available for direct purchase or as a leasing solution.

Website: StyleShoots

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Official Leica M Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Leica has posted seven full-resolution sample photos captured with the new Leica M full-frame digital rangefinder camera. Shot with various Leica lenses, these Leica M samples demonstrate the camera’s image quality at various sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 200/24° to ISO 6400/39° (pushed). Four out of the seven sample images are available in JPEG format, while the remaining three are raw DNG files. You can download the official Leica M sample photos from the website below.

Website: Leica

Monday, February 4, 2013

Panasonic Develops Radically New Sensor

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Panasonic has developed a new kind of sensor that does away with the colour filrer array (CFA) found in most digital cameras manufactured today, relying instead on ‘micro colour splitters’ that separate the light that falls on image sensors by exploiting light’s wavelike properties. “Conventional colour image sensors use a Bayer array, in which a red, green, or blue light-transmitting filter is placed above each sensor,” the company says. “These filters block 50 - 70% of the incoming light before it even reaches the sensor.” The development of ‘micro colour splitters” not only makes CFAs unnecessary but also allows sensors to achieve approximately double the colour sensitivity in comparison with conventional imagers that use colour filters.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Sinar lanTec

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Sinar has launched a new camera for architectural and landscape photographers. The Sinar lanTec is a highly portable technical camera that can be used on a tripod as well as hand-held. The shift range is set effortlessly up to 20mm left and right. In addition, you can raise the lens by up to 25mm, or lower it by up to 15mm, which helps prevent convergent or divergent verticals when shooting architecture. In the event you wish to make stitched, rotational panoramic pictures, it’s good to know the tripod mount is physically located on the optical axis, however, for hand-held use, the tripod base can be removed quickly, thanks to its rapid and secure locking mechanism. As for composing the image, your Apple iPhone or iPod Touch can be connected to the lanTec via a special Sinar rotating adapter. This serves as a viewfinder which can quickly be set for either portrait or landscape orientation. Thanks to a range of optional adapters Sinar lanTec camera is compatible with a number of Sinar, Mamiya and Hasselblad digital back mounts.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Lytro Introduces Perspective Shift and Living Filters

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital, Digital Compact Cameras
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On 4th December, Lytro will unveil a new light field technology capability for the Lytro camera, featuring Perspective Shift as well as new creative tools called Living Filters.  Perspective Shift lets Lytro photographers interactively change the point of view in a picture after it has been taken. When pictures are shared to the web, Facebook and Twitter, friends can experience Perspective Shift without needing any special software. Perspective Shift also works retroactively on any light field pictures previously taken with a Lytro camera. Living Filters enable Lytro photographers to apply one of nine interactive filters to their pictures and change the look of the picture based on light field depth. Unlike traditional digital photo filters, Living Filters create additional effects as viewers interact with a picture. These features will be available to customers via a free Lytro Desktop software update.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Google Nexus 10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital
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Developed in partnership with Samsung, the Google Nexus 10 is an Android 4.2 powered 10” tablet with a 2560x1600-pixel display boasting a resolution of 300ppi. The panel’s aspect ratio is 8:5 (or, as display manufacturers like to put it, 16:10), which falls between the classic 3:2 proportion of photos taken by most 35mm film cameras and digital SLRs, and the widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio of HD movies. The 300ppi resolution bests the 264ppi Retina display of the Apple iPad 4 and matches that of standard photographic prints, making it especially attractive to photographers in need of a device to showcase their portfolio. Equipped with two camera modules (a 5-megapixel main camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing unit), microUSB and microHDMI ports, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity (but no memory card slot or 3G/4G support), the Nexus 10 will hit the shelves on 13th November in the UK, US, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan in two versions, with the 16GB model costing £319/$399 and the 32GB variant selling for £389/$499.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Apple iPad Mini and iPad 4

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, Digital
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The Apple iPad Mini is a new 7.9-inch tablet. 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than the third generation iPad, the iPad Mini has Multi-Touch display, FaceTime HD and iSight cameras, ultrafast wireless performance and 10 hours of battery life. iPad mini comes in a new aluminium and glass design that is just 7.2 mm thin and weighs only 0.68 pounds.

The iPad 4 features a 9.7-inch Retina display, new Apple-designed A6X chip that delivers up to twice the CPU performance and up to twice the graphics performance of the A5X chip, 10 hours of battery life, FaceTime HD camera and ultrafast wireless performance.

Both iPad mini and fourth generation iPad come with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features.